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Cowboy is a broad term for men who work on ranches. The word "cowboy" was used in England in the early 19th century but its use in the late 19th century in North America comes from the Spanish word vaquero. They sometimes participate in rodeos. Movies about cowboys are often called western movies. Movies often show them as fighting rather than working. Cowboys can be recognized by their big brown hats and lassos. Men who do similar work in Australia are called "stockmen."

A cowboy


Common clothing includes a belt with a big buckle, a cowboy hat, a lasso, a buttoned polo shirt, chaps, boots, and sometimes include another belt for carrying things while riding a horse.


Their job is often to lasso bulls and work on a ranch.

In American cultureEdit

In American culture, the idea of cowboys is of freedom and independence. It is part of the myth of the Wild West. In movies and other stories, white actors usually play cowboys, for example John Wayne. In real life, many cowboys of the 1800s were black or Latino.[1]

In British cultureEdit

In Britain, a "cowboy" is someone who charges money but is unskilled. For example a "cowboy roofer" is someone who offers to fix a roof but does not know how to fix roofs.[1]

Related pagesEdit

  Media related to Cowboys at Wikimedia Commons


  1. 1.0 1.1 Eric Hobsbawm (March 20, 2013). "The myth of the cowboy". Retrieved August 8, 2021.