[ ranch ]
/ ræntʃ /


an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions.
Chiefly Western U.S. and Canada. a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal: a mink ranch.
the persons employed or living on a ranch.

verb (used without object)

to manage or work on a ranch.

Origin of ranch

1800–10, Americanism; < Spanish rancho rancho

Related forms

ranch·less, adjectiveranch·like, adjectiveun·ranched, adjective

Can be confused

ranch wrench
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British Dictionary definitions for ranch


/ (rɑːntʃ) /


a large tract of land, esp one in North America, together with the necessary personnel, buildings, and equipment, for rearing livestock, esp cattle
  1. any large farm for the rearing of a particular kind of livestock or cropa mink ranch
  2. the buildings, land, etc, connected with it


(intr) to manage or run a ranch
(tr) to raise (animals) on or as if on a ranch

Word Origin for ranch

C19: from Mexican Spanish rancho small farm; see rancho
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