- Chiefly British. a country house or large farmhouse with its various farm buildings (usually in house names): Bulkeley Grange;the grange of a gentleman-farmer.
- (in historical use) an isolated farm, with its farmhouse and nearby buildings, belonging to monks or nuns or to a feudal lord: the nunnery's grange at Tisbury.
- the Grange, See under Granger Movement.
- Archaic. a barn or granary.
Origin of grange
- a campaign for state control of railroads and grain elevators, especially in the north central states, carried on during the 1870s by members of the Patrons of Husbandry (the Grange), a farmers' organization that had been formed for social and cultural purposes.
- mainly British a farm, esp a farmhouse or country house with its various outbuildings
- history an outlying farmhouse in which a religious establishment or feudal lord stored crops and tithes in kind
- archaic a granary or barn
- the Grange an association of farmers that strongly influenced state legislatures in the late 19th century
- a lodge of this association
Word Origin and History for the-grange
"small farm," mid-15c.; mid-13c. in place names (and cf. granger), from Anglo-French graunge, Old French grange "barn, granary; farmstead, farm house" (12c.), from Medieval Latin or Vulgar Latin granica "barn or shed for keeping grain," from Latin granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)). Sense evolved to "outlying farm" (late 14c.), then "country house" (1550s). Meaning "local lodge of the Patrons of Husbandry" (a U.S. agricultural interest promotion organization) is from 1867.