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1ranch

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

1
:  a large farm for raising horses, beef cattle, or sheep
2
:  a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty
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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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2ranch

verb

: 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
1
:  to work as a rancher on
2
:  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

1866
RANCH Defined for Kids

1ranch

noun \ˈranch\

Definition of RANCH for Kids

1
:  a large farm for the raising of livestock (as cattle)
2
:  a farm devoted to a special crop

Word History of RANCH

In the Spanish language of the 1500s the verb rancharse was used by soldiers in the sense to be camped someplace. The conquistadors who took this verb to the Americas also were familiar with a derivative noun rancho, referring originally to a camp or temporary dwelling such as a hut. Both the general sense dwelling and the specifically Mexican sense small farm were adopted into American English in the 1800s—as rancho and the more English-sounding ranch. By the late 1800s ranch was most often not a small farm but a large piece of land devoted to raising livestock—a meaning the word still maintains.

2ranch

verb
ranchedranch·ing

Definition of RANCH for Kids

:  to live or work on a large farm where livestock are raised
ranch·er noun

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