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[ranch] /ræntʃ/
an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions.
Chiefly Western U.S. and Canada. a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal:
a mink ranch.
the persons employed or living on a ranch.
verb (used without object)
to manage or work on a ranch.
Origin of ranch
1800-10, Americanism; < Spanish rancho rancho
Related forms
ranchless, adjective
ranchlike, adjective
unranched, adjective
Can be confused
ranch, wrench. Unabridged
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  • I feel that this ranch is uncanny, and things are not as they should be.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • Her husband was starting a ranch and I caught him stealing water.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Briarwood began to be a different sort of place for the ranch girl.

  • After announcing that he would land on his New Mexico ranch, he did just that.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Only when they were fairly down on the floor of the valley did they see the ranch houses.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for ranch


a large tract of land, esp one in North America, together with the necessary personnel, buildings, and equipment, for rearing livestock, esp cattle
  1. any large farm for the rearing of a particular kind of livestock or crop: a mink ranch
  2. the buildings, land, etc, connected with it
(intransitive) to manage or run a ranch
(transitive) to raise (animals) on or as if on a ranch
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish rancho small farm; see rancho
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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.


1866, from ranch (n.). Related: Ranched; ranching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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buy the farm, hencoop

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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