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  1. 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.
  2. (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.
  3. the Grange, See under Granger Movement.
  4. Archaic. a barn or granary.
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Origin of grange

1150–1200; Middle English gra(u)nge “barn,” from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin grānica (unattested), equivalent to Latin grān(i)um grain + -ica, feminine of -icus -ic


  1. HaroldRedthe Galloping Ghost, 1903–1991, U.S. football player.
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La Grange

[luh greynj]
  1. a city in W Georgia.
  2. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago.
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Granger Movement

noun U.S. History.
  1. 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.
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Related Words for grange

manor, hacienda, ranch, acreage, plantation, farmstead

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Historical Examples of grange

  • Miss Grange, who had been kind to Sidney in her probation months, taught her the method.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • This rock, seen at a distance, seems to have the figure of a grange, or barn.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Miss Buell had been active in the work of the Grange for 36 years.

  • A subordinate Grange for example is a community organization.

  • The Grange had on several occasions declared for woman suffrage.

British Dictionary definitions for grange


  1. mainly British a farm, esp a farmhouse or country house with its various outbuildings
  2. history an outlying farmhouse in which a religious establishment or feudal lord stored crops and tithes in kind
  3. archaic a granary or barn
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Word Origin for grange

C13: from Anglo-French graunge, from Medieval Latin grānica, from Latin grānum grain


noun (in the US)
  1. the Grange an association of farmers that strongly influenced state legislatures in the late 19th century
  2. a lodge of this association
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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