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ranch

[ ranch ]
/ ræntʃ /
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noun
verb (used without object)
to manage or work on a ranch.
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Origin of ranch

An Americanism dating from 1800–10; from Spanish rancho “farm, cattle farm, ranch”; see origin at rancho

OTHER WORDS FROM ranch

ranchless, adjectiveranchlike, adjectiveun·ranched, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ranch

ranch , wrench
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British Dictionary definitions for ranch

ranch
/ (rɑːntʃ) /

noun
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
verb
(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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