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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
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  • He was wondering who had got the worst of the encounter—he or the ranchero.

    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
  • Kidd found the ranchero standing in his doorway, with straddled legs, attentively surveying the approaches to his house.

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

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • If the ranchero supposed that Frank would allow himself to be captured a second time, he was sadly mistaken.

    Frank Among The Rancheros Harry Castlemon
  • The season brought with it many cares as well as pleasures to the ranchero.

    Overland Tales Josephine Clifford
  • Frank shuddered as the ranchero said this, and, for the first time, he felt his firmness giving away.

    Frank Among The Rancheros Harry Castlemon
  • At a sign from him the ladies had discreetly retired, leaving him alone with the ranchero.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • But Marmion seemed to be utterly unable to manage the ranchero.

    Frank Among The Rancheros Harry Castlemon
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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