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



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large farm for breeding and raising cattle, sheep, or horses. Ranching originated in South America and Mexico in early colonial times, when Spanish settlers introduced cattle and horses and tended them on the pampas. It was an itinerant form of livestock farming: herds were tended on open range, and biannual roundups were held for branding calves and driving mature animals to market. Itinerant ranching reached its peak in the 1880s. By the early 20th century, overstocking, quarantine laws, railroad competition, and barbed-wire fences had put an end to cattle drives and open-range farming. Ranching today is nearly all sedentary, but huge ranches still exist.


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