Definitions

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

  • n. A cowboy of the South American pampas.
  • n. Calf-length pants with flared legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cowboy of the South American pampas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the native inhabitants of the South American pampas, of Spanish-American descent. They live mostly by rearing cattle. Hence, a South American cowboy, especially on the pampas.
  • n. A member of an Indian population, somewhat affected by Spanish blood, in the archipelagoes off the Chilean coast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native of the pampas of South America, of Spanish descent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cowboy of the South American pampas

Etymologies

American Spanish, probably from Quechua wáhcha, poor person, orphan, vagabond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish gaucho, from Andalusi. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is on account of this tricky instinct of the rhea that the gauchos say, "El avestruz es el mas _gaucho_ de los animales," which means that the ostrich, in its resourcefulness and the tricks it practises to save itself when hard pressed, is as clever as the gaucho knows himself to be.

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  • As luck would have it, Dorothy, Uncle Henry, the farmhands, and the men in gaucho costumes seek shelter in a farmhouse from a too-convenient twister, which blows them over a cliff (not over a rainbow, natch).

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  • A gaucho is a cowboy - its the mascot for UC Santa Barbara.

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  • The "gaucho" approach to meals suits me well: every few moments there was another skewer of luscious beef, lamb, ribs, or whatever coming by to be loaded on my plate.

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  • "gaucho" has had a number of disagreements with coach Rossi and his restless spirit and quarrel with captain Rocchi could easily affect the dressing room atmosphere.

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  • His concerts were a mix of philosophy and folklore, spoken-word poems and music reflecting his roots in the gaucho culture of rural Argentina.

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  • Gratefully, Vicente Piazzolla, an amateur wood carver, made a small carving of an Argentine gaucho with a guitar, which Astor delivered to Charley.

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  • Andrés had been passing by a pawnshop in Manhattan and had spotted a small wood carving of a gaucho with a guitar in the window.

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  • But when Andrés came back the next day, the gaucho was gone, sold.

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  • Andrés had been passing by a pawnshop in Manhattan and had spotted a small wood carving of a gaucho with a guitar in the window.

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