[ran-choh, rahn-; Spanish rahn-chaw]
noun, plural ran·chos [ran-chohz; Spanish rahn-chaws] /ˈræn tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔs/.
  1. a ranch.
  2. 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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noun plural -chos Southwestern US
  1. a hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers
  2. 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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