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[ran-chair-oh; Spanish rahn-che-raw] /rænˈtʃɛər oʊ; Spanish rɑnˈtʃɛ rɔ/
noun, plural rancheros
[ran-chair-ohz; Spanish rahn-che-raws] /rænˈtʃɛər oʊz; Spanish rɑnˈtʃɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spanish America and the southwestern U.S.)
a rancher.
Origin of ranchero
1820-30; < Spanish, equivalent to ranch(o) ranch + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ranchero leads a free, easy life, burthened with few cares.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • He was wondering who had got the worst of the encounter—he or the ranchero.

    Frank at Don Carlos' Rancho Harry Castlemon
  • “Put your hands above your head,” commanded the ranchero, sternly.

    Frank at Don Carlos' Rancho Harry Castlemon
  • While the ranchero was looking at Frank, the latter was narrowly watching the ranchero.

    Frank at Don Carlos' Rancho Harry Castlemon
  • The ranchero went to open the door, which the newcomer threatened to break in.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • The ranchero bit his lips on hearing them talk in a language he did not understand.

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • The season brought with it many cares as well as pleasures to the ranchero.

    Overland Tales

    Josephine Clifford
  • At a sign from him the ladies had discreetly retired, leaving him alone with the ranchero.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • The ranchero did not require a repetition of this injunction.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for ranchero


noun (pl) -ros
(Southwestern US) another word for rancher
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ranchero

"one employed on a ranch," 1826, from American Spanish ranchero, from rancho (see ranch (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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