- an Indian village or settlement, especially one located on a reserve.
- any one of the large rectangular cedar buildings erected by Pacific Coast Indians for communal living and ceremonial purposes.
Origin of rancherie
1590–1600, Americanism; earlier rancheria < Spanish, derivative of rancho; see rancho
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Examples from the Web for rancherie
When they had left the rancherie some distance behind they sat down.
"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.History of the Donner Party
- (in British Columbia, Canada) a settlement of North American Indians, esp on a reserve
from Spanish rancheria
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