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noun Canadian.
  1. an Indian village or settlement, especially one located on a reserve.
  2. any one of the large rectangular cedar buildings erected by Pacific Coast Indians for communal living and ceremonial purposes.
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Origin of rancherie

1590–1600, Americanism; earlier rancheria < Spanish, derivative of rancho; see rancho
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Historical Examples of rancherie

  • When they had left the rancherie some distance behind they sat down.

    The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound

    Harold Bindloss

  • "And we go on to the rancherie in a couple of days," Harry added.

  • He ran on, flinging off his clothes, and plunged into the water when they drew near the rancherie.

  • The rancherie was hot and the dull roar of the combers on the reef came throbbing in and made him restless.

  • Every person in the rancherie, from the toddling papooses to the aged chief, endeavored to aid them.

British Dictionary definitions for rancherie


  1. (in British Columbia, Canada) a settlement of North American Indians, esp on a reserve
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Word Origin for rancherie

from Spanish rancheria
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