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n. pl. va·que·ros Chiefly Texas
See cowboy.

[Spanish, from vaca, cow, from Latin vacca.]
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n, pl -ros
dialect Southwestern US a cowboy
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(vɑˈkɛər oʊ)

n., pl. -ros.
Southwestern U.S. a cowboy or herdsman.
[1790–1800; < Sp, =vac(a) cow (< Latin vacca) + -ero]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vaquero - local names for a cowboy (`vaquero' is used especially in southwestern and central Texas and `buckaroo' is used especially in California)vaquero - local names for a cowboy (`vaquero' is used especially in southwestern and central Texas and `buckaroo' is used especially in California)
cowboy, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, puncher, cattleman - a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
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References in classic literature ?
"There's a vaquero in yonder field," said Christie's escort, who was riding with her a little in advance of the others, "and those fellows know every trail that a horse can follow.
The vaquero, who was chasing some cattle, was evidently too preoccupied to heed the shouts of her companion, and wheeling round suddenly to intercept one of the deviating fugitives, permitted Christie's escort to dash past him before that gentleman could rein in his excited steed.
She watched her dazed escort, still speechless from the spectacle of the fastidious Miss Carr tete-a-tete with a common Mexican vaquero, gallop off in the direction of the canyon, and then turned to George.
Gay life at Monterey Mexican horsemen A bold dragoon Use of the lasso Vaqueros Noosing a bear Fight between a bull and a bear Departure from Monterey Indian horse stealers Outrages committed by the travellers Indignation of Captain Bonneville
The vaqueros, or Indian cattle drivers, have also learned the use of the laso from the Spaniards; and employ it to catch the half-wild cattle by throwing it round their horns.
He had a vision of a high-lying cattle-drive in California, and the bed of a dried stream with one muddy pool, by which the vaqueros had encamped: splendid sun over all, the big bonfire blazing, the strips of cow browning and smoking on a skewer of wood; how warm it was, how savoury the steam of scorching meat!
Richmond American Homes of California, a subsidiary of MDC Holdings Inc (NYSE:MDC), announced on Thursday the grand openings of two new neighbourhoods, Vaquero at Audie Murphy and Palmetto at Spencer's Crossing.
Finally, a full-sized Vaquero, a bigger and more robust Colt clone of sorts, was released.
3 by the WBO, cannot afford to lose this fight as he is being lined up to challenge newly crownedWBO super bantamweight champion Emmanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete of Mexico.
This is in regard to Mas Ayoob's March column on the Ruger Vaquero he bought and didn't know what to do with.