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 Once a dude ranch, the 37-cabin eco-resort has mastered the tiniest touches — handwoven quilts, complimentary wine with a round of croquet — alongside Wild-West sophistication. Jacqueline Kehoe, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2024 The idea of a dude ranch started in the Dakotas in the 1880s, when wealthy Europeans and folks from the Eastern United States would come out and pay a pretty penny to experience the romance of cowboy life on the open frontier. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 Magee Homestead Nestled among sagebrush and meadows in Saratoga, Wyoming, this authentic dude ranch offers rejuvenating experiences for the body and soul and plenty of outdoor adventure. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is an authentic Florida dude ranch and luxury glamping resort that spans 1,700 acres. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2023 But it’s really known as Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo, the biggest dude ranch east of the Mississippi. Anna Mahan, Country Living, 10 Sep. 2023 At various points in his life, Ortiz worked as a lion tamer, a circus performer, a dude ranch manager and a racecar driver. Katie Sanders, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2023 Sitting right on the access road, guests are driven to the lifts each day, and a dude ranch is a unique lodging choice for a ski vacation. Allison Olmsted, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 Because of all the things Barbie has done in her 32 years, from disco dancing to running a dude ranch, that little doll has never submitted herself to Freudian analysis. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 5 Mar. 2024.

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dude ranch

: a vacation resort offering horseback riding and other activities typical of western ranches

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