Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A public competition or exhibition in which skills such as riding broncos or roping calves are displayed.
  • n. A cattle roundup.
  • n. An enclosure for keeping cattle that have been rounded up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American sport involving skills with horses, cows and other livestock.
  • n. An entertainment event associated with the sport.

Etymologies

Spanish, corral, rodeo, from rodear, to surround, from rueda, wheel, from Latin rota.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Spanish verb rodear (to “surround”), and specifically rodeo, noun derived from the verb, which refers to a cattle roundup. (Wiktionary)

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