Meaning of lariat


A lariat is another word for a lasso, the loop of rope you’d use to catch a steer if you were a cowboy.

While lariat and lasso can be used interchangeably, it’s more common for U.S. cowboys to call the looped rope they throw around the necks of errant cattle a lariat (or simply a “rope”) and to use lasso as a verb. If you want to fit in on a ranch, you might say, “Throw me that lariat so I can lasso that steer.” Lariat comes from the Spanish la reata, “the rope.”

Definitions of lariat
  1. noun

    a long noosed rope used to catch animals


    lasso, reata, riata

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    type of:


    a strong line

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