[ran-choh, rahn-; Spanish rahn-chaw]
- a ranch.
- a hut or collection of huts for herders, laborers, or travelers.
Origin of rancho
1800–10, Americanism; < American Spanish: small farm, camp (Spanish: camp) < Old Spanish rancharse to lodge, be billeted < Middle French (se) ranger to be arranged, be installed; see range
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Examples from the Web for rancho
I had to drive from Los Angeles to Rancho Mirage that afternoon—a four-hour roundtrip.Why Grown-Ups Should Give One Direction a Chance
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As detectives began closing in on Viens, he attempted to commit suicide by diving feet first off a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff.David Viens Murder Trial: Chef Says He Slow-Cooked His Wife’s Body
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After her recovery, Ford started the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California.Betty Ford Dies at 93
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They danced at the Rancho Deluxe wrap party, but nothing came of it.A True Hollywood Love Story
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The 19-year-old Jou, an aspiring doctor, often tutored and volunteered at charities around her Rancho Santa Margarita home.The Other Craigslist Killer
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I left you at home to care for your mother and sister and the rancho.The Cave of Gold
Could it be Mrs. Peyton making an unexpected visit to the rancho?
The habits of the siesta obtained in a modified form at the rancho.
The thicket near the rancho rustled and shook, and Pepe appeared.Rita
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They all detected the 'head-waiter' at the Union Company's rancho.
- a hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers
- another word for ranch
C17: from Mexican Spanish: camp, from Old Spanish ranchar to be billeted, from Old French ranger to place
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