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ranch

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noun \ˈranch\

Simple Definition of ranch

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ranch

  1. 1 :  a large farm for raising horses, beef cattle, or sheep

  2. 2 :  a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty

  3. 3 :  ranch house

Examples of ranch in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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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ranch

verb

Simple Definition of ranch

  • : to live or work on a ranch

  • : to raise (an animal) on a ranch

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ranch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to live or work on a ranch

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to work as a rancher on

  5. 2 :  to raise on a ranch

Examples of ranch in a sentence

  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.



1866

First Known Use of ranch

1866


RANCH Defined for Kids

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ranch

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noun \ˈranch\

Definition of ranch for Students

  1. 1 :  a large farm for the raising of livestock (as cattle)

  2. 2 :  a farm devoted to a special crop



History for 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.


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ranch

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verb

Definition of ranch for Students

ranched

ranching

  1. :  to live or work on a large farm where livestock are raised

rancher

noun




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