ranch house

noun

Definition of ranch house

1 : the main dwelling house on a ranch
2 : a one-story house typically with a low-pitched roof and an open plan

Examples of ranch house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The front door is gone, but somehow the wood shutters of my grandfather’s beloved ranch house have survived decades of neglect. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing the American dream: I found my grandpa's slice of the Old West in the Philippines," 2 Dec. 2019 The Usonian houses still look marvelously modern and up to date, a living rebuke to the awful ranch houses and split-level horrors and Dutch colonials that litter our suburbia. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 In the rural areas, where at least two ranch houses burned, people rushed to rescue dozens of horses, donkeys, goats, a pig and even an emu. Robert Jablon, Anchorage Daily News, "Punishing winds that whipped California wildfires expected to continue," 25 Oct. 2019 In the 1950s, the ubiquitous ranch house had a long roof that straddled a garage. oregonlive, "The secrets of your garage: The crazy history of Portland’s car shelters," 17 Oct. 2019 But after nearly a decade, Paul and Jodie finally took the leap to their 1960s ranch house and turned it into their dream home. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "A color-coordinated garden and floating cabinets make this Northfield ranch home a dream," 12 Dec. 2019 The Usonian houses, aimed at middle-class buyers, influenced the low-slung ranch houses that proliferated in post-World War II suburbia. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: With time running out to save a Frank Lloyd Wright cottage in Glencoe, a push is on to move it to another location," 3 Dec. 2019 The residency came with a modest ranch house surrounded by several hundred acres. Joy Williams, The New Yorker, "The Fellow," 23 Sep. 2019 After the men consented to a search of the aging ranch house, a deputy found that two bedrooms had been converted into marijuana grow rooms, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said in an arrest report released Tuesday. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Men growing marijuana in Florida bedrooms stole $10,800 in electricity, deputies say," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ranch house

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Ranch house.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranch%20house. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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ranch house

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ranch house

: the main house on a ranch
US : a house that has a single story and a roof that is not very steep

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