Pronunciation: (rō'dē-ō", rō-dā'ō), [key]
—n., pl. -de•os,
—v., -de•oed, -de•o•ing.
1. a public exhibition of cowboy skills, as bronco riding and calf roping.
2. a roundup of cattle.
3. Informal.any contest offering prizes in various events: a bicycle rodeo for kids under twelve.
4. (cap. italics) a ballet (1942) choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with musical score by Aaron Copland.
to participate or compete in a rodeo or rodeos: He's been rodeoing since he was twelve.
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