Definition of lariat:
- A long, slender rope made of hemp or strips of hide, esp. one with a noose; - used as a lasso for catching cattle, horses, etc., and for picketing a horse so that he can graze without wandering.
- To secure with a lariat fastened to a stake, as a horse or mule for grazing; also, to lasso or catch with a lariat.
When that bit of talk was over he had brought out the precious suit, neatly folded and bound about with a marvellous lariat- also another dear possession- and had placed them in White Feather's hands.- "Dorothy on a Ranch", Evelyn Raymond.
- "Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball", J. W. Duffield.
I remember to have seen in Mexico the vaqueros, on alighting from their mules, take from the pommel of their saddles some fathoms of braided hair- rope, called a lariat, and, on entering a shop or dwelling, uncoil it as they went.- "Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast", Samuel Adams Drake.