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[ran-chuh-ree-uh; Spanish rahn-che-ree-ah] /ˌræn tʃəˈri ə; Spanish ˌrɑn tʃɛˈri ɑ/
noun, plural rancherias [ran-chuh-ree-uh z; Spanish rahn-che-ree-ahs] /ˌræn tʃəˈri əz; Spanish ˌrɑn tʃɛˈri ɑs/ (Show IPA). Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a family household unit or settlement.
a hut or house where rancheros live.
a village of such huts. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For them there were dwellings apart; a collection of rude hovels, styled the rancheria.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • We knew that Rube would reach the rancheria, and return with a rescue—that was all.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • At this crisis a shout was raised: “To the rancheria, to the rancheria!”

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • In half-an-hour after, with the vaquero for my guide, I rode quietly out of the rancheria.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • I was at least thirty miles from the rancheria, and I could not tell in what direction it lay.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • They were both afoot, having left their horses at the rancheria.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • I had hoped that we should be sent back to the rancheria, but alas!

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  • Had they left the rancheria before Pedro and the others came away?

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  • A party of them had passed near the rancheria after we ourselves had left it.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • A warning must be carried to the rancheria as quickly as they could make the return trip.

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