dude ranch


Definition of dude ranch

: a vacation resort offering activities (such as horseback riding) typical of western ranches

Examples of dude ranch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Set in 1938 on a dude ranch catering to wealthy women seeking Reno divorces, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s novel channels Hollywood screwball comedies. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "New year, new reading list: The 10 best books of January 2021," 19 Jan. 2021 Named for its setting on a Tuscon, Arizona, dude ranch, Hey Dude aired on the network from the late 1980s to the early ’90s—and had been a favorite of hers, in passing anyway. Sunset Magazine, "Once a ‘Total Valley Girl,’ She’s Now Saving Wild Mustangs on a Montana Ranch," 4 Jan. 2021 The Biermanns are off to Texas where Ariana and Brielle hope to find a dude at the dude ranch, only to find that there are no dudes. Washington Post, "What to watch on Tuesday: ‘We Are the Champions’ on Netflix," 17 Nov. 2020 In 1973, Eugene and Cynthia moved to a rundown dude ranch in rural Apple Valley in San Bernardino County and started a foster home for children. Los Angeles Times, "Leader of Dodgers’ substantial community efforts knows loss as well as achievement," 3 Nov. 2020 While not technically glamping, this dude ranch definitely deserves a spot on this list. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "3 Glamping Getaways––Plus, What to Pack," 29 Sep. 2020 The library will also feature sweeping views of the landscape, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Elkhorn Ranch, Theodore Roosevelt’s former dude ranch, Dezeen reported. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Will Be a Stunning Tribute to Nature in North Dakota," 23 Sep. 2020 Brenda Krempp, Craig's mom, was back at the dude ranch playing cards with her husband, Craig's stepdad, Andy. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "‘Enjoying life to the fullest.’ IU cheerleader, Luke Recker’s ex-girlfriend deals with paralysis," 9 July 2020 Then there’s The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a luxury dude ranch that offers 30,000 acres of adventure, scenic landscapes, and wide-open space to breathe fresh air while living out your authentic western fantasy. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "This Luxury Dude Ranch Is the Best Resort in the U.S.," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of dude ranch

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dude ranch was in 1899

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“Dude ranch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude%20ranch. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dude ranch

: a large farm especially in the western U.S. where people on vacation can ride horses and do other activities that cowboys typically do

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