- a large landed estate, especially one used for farming or ranching.
- the main house on such an estate.
- a stock raising, mining, or manufacturing establishment in the country.
Origin of hacienda
Examples from the Web for hacienda
At his Tucson hacienda he is a gracious host and a good neighbor.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Instead I ended my journey via motorcycle, traveling from one hacienda and ranchero to the next while sampling the local flavor.Best Mexican Food in New York City: The Daily Beast Takes a Tour
May 4, 2012
They had found him in the cottonwoods below the road not five miles from the hacienda.
As ordered, I went to the gates of that hacienda very grand.
They feared that their presence had, in some way, become known to the peons of the hacienda.
Hadn't we better, I thought, start at once on foot for the hacienda?
I'll search every inch of the island, every road, every hacienda.
- a ranch or large estate
- any substantial stock-raising, mining, or manufacturing establishment in the country
- the main house on such a ranch or plantation
Word Origin and History for hacienda
1760, from Spanish hacienda "landed estate, plantation," earlier facienda, from Latin facienda "things to be done," from facere "to do" (see factitious). For noun use of a Latin gerundive, cf. agenda. The owner of one is a hacendado.
The change of Latin f- to Spanish h- is characteristic; e.g. hablar from fabulari, hacer from facere, hecho from factum, hermoso from formosum. Confusion of initial h- and f- was common in 16c. Spanish; the conquistador is known in contemporary records as both Hernando and Fernando Cortés.