a person who owns or works on a ranch.

Origin of rancher

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; ranch + -er1
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a person who owns, manages, or works on a ranch
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Word Origin and History for rancher

1836, "owner of a ranch;" see ranch (n.). Meaning "modern single-story house" attested from 1964.

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