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One entry found for maverick.
Main Entry: mav·er·ick
Pronunciation: primarystressmav-(schwa-)rik
Function: noun
Etymology: named for Samuel A. Maverick 1803-1870 American pioneer
1 : an unbranded range animal; especially : a motherless calf
2 : an independent person who refuses to follow the usual standards or customs of the group
Word History A lawyer named Samuel A. Maverick lived in southern Texas in the middle of the 19th century. In 1847 he acquired a farm with about 450 cattle that were left in charge of a single slave with no experience as a cowboy. The cattle were never branded and were left to roam free. Eventually, the term maverick came to be used to name any unbranded cattle. Now maverick is most often used to speak of a person who acts in an individual way and refuses to be "branded" as a member of any particular group.

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