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[ran-chair-oh; Spanish rahn-che-raw]
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noun, plural ran·che·ros [ran-chair-ohz; Spanish rahn-che-raws] /rænˈtʃɛər oʊz; Spanish rɑnˈtʃɛ rɔs/. (in Spanish America and the southwestern U.S.)
  1. a rancher.
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Origin of ranchero

1820–30; < Spanish, equivalent to ranch(o) ranch + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary
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noun plural -ros
  1. Southwestern US another word for rancher
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Word Origin

C19: from American Spanish
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Word Origin and History for ranchero


"one employed on a ranch," 1826, from American Spanish ranchero, from rancho (see ranch (n.)).

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