[ ran-choh, rahn-; Spanish rahn-chaw ]
/ ˈræn tʃoʊ, ˈrɑn-; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔ /

noun, plural ran·chos [ran-chohz; Spanish rahn-chaws] /ˈræn tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔs/.

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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/ (ˈrɑːntʃəʊ) /

noun plural -chos Southwestern US

a hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers
another word for ranch

Word Origin for rancho

C17: from Mexican Spanish: camp, from Old Spanish ranchar to be billeted, from Old French ranger to place
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