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[e-stahn-see-uh; Spanish es-tahn-syah]
noun, plural es·tan·cias [e-stahn-see-uh z; Spanish es-tahn-syahs] /ɛˈstɑn si əz; Spanish ɛsˈtɑn syɑs/.
  1. (in Spanish America) a landed estate or a cattle ranch.
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Origin of estancia

1695–1705; < American Spanish, Spanish: dwelling
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Examples from the Web for estancia

Historical Examples

  • A night of dread suspense has been passed at the estancia of Ludwig Halberger.

    Gaspar the Gaucho

    Mayne Reid

  • Our next shall be at the Estancia Algaroba, where we shall spend the night.

    The Rover of the Andes

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • But here on Moncrieff's estancia everything was on a grander scale.

  • One of you boys must ride to-night to the estancia and get assistance.

  • At the estancia we had the very newest forms of machinery to do everything.

British Dictionary definitions for estancia


  1. (in Spanish America) a large estate or cattle ranch
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Word Origin

C18: from American Spanish, from Spanish: dwelling, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a remaining, from Latin stāre to stand
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