noun \ˈranch\

: a large farm especially in the U.S. where animals (such as cattle, horses, and sheep) are raised

: a farm for a special crop or kind of animal

Full Definition of RANCH

:  a large farm for raising horses, beef cattle, or sheep
:  a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty

Examples of RANCH

  1. <lives on a cattle ranch in Texas that's as big as the whole state of Rhode Island>

Origin of RANCH

Mexican Spanish rancho small ranch, from Spanish, camp, hut & Spanish dialect, small farm, from Old Spanish ranchearse to take up quarters, from Middle French se ranger to take up a position, from ranger to set in a row — more at range
First Known Use: 1831

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: to live or work on a ranch

: to raise (an animal) on a ranch

Full Definition of RANCH

intransitive verb
:  to live or work on a ranch
transitive verb
:  to work as a rancher on
:  to raise on a ranch

Examples of RANCH

  1. My grandfather started ranching here 150 years ago.
  2. The family has ranched 10,000 acres here for the past 150 years.
  3. The family has been ranching cattle here for 150 years.

First Known Use of RANCH



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