- to manage or work on a ranch.
Origin of ranch
Examples from the Web for ranch
My dad had worked for a while as a ranch hand, and his “Open Road” was a remnant of those days.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
On November 23, from his ranch in Texas, Johnson spoke on the phone with acting Secretary of State George Ball.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
He does not remember exactly when they first moved onto the ranch.
Manson might get out, Spahn suggested, or there might still be people on the ranch who were loyal to him.
The police nonetheless warned the hippies against trespassing, and for a long time it was again very quiet on the ranch at night.
He was tough, but the ranch horses of John Merchant came out from a night of rest.
It's Bill that bled me, and bled me until I've had to soak a mortgage on the ranch.
It was dark most of the way, and it was midnight when I got to the ranch.
Old Blake would give him work on his ranch over there, that was a cinch.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Nimrod and I had been lured to the Cuttle Fish ranch to go on a wolf hunt.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
- a large tract of land, esp one in North America, together with the necessary personnel, buildings, and equipment, for rearing livestock, esp cattle
- any large farm for the rearing of a particular kind of livestock or cropa mink ranch
- the buildings, land, etc, connected with it
- (intr) to manage or run a ranch
- (tr) to raise (animals) on or as if on a ranch
Word Origin and History for ranch
1808, "country house," from American Spanish rancho "small farm, group of farm huts," from Spanish rancho "mess-room," originally, "group of people who eat together," from ranchear "to lodge or station," from Old French ranger "install in position," from rang "row, line" (see rank (n.)).
Sense of "large stock-farm and herding establishment" is from 1831. Of houses, "single-story, split-level" (adj.) from 1950; as a noun from 1960. Ranch-house attested from 1862.
1866, from ranch (n.). Related: Ranched; ranching.