A cowboy using a lariat.
- a rope used for tethering grazing horses, etc.
Origin of lariatSpanish la reata ; from la, the + reata, a rope ; from reatar, to tie (horses) in single file, origin, originally , retie ; from re-, re- + atar, to tie ; from Classical Latin aptare ; from aptus: see apt
to tie or catch with a lariat
- See lasso.
- A rope for picketing grazing horses or mules.
Origin of lariatSpanish la reata : la, the (from Latin illa; see al-1 in Indo-European roots) + reatar, to tie again (re-, again from Latin; see re– + atar, to tie, from Latin aptāre, to join, from aptus, past participle of apere, to tie).