ranch·​er | \ ˈran-chər How to pronounce rancher (audio) \

Definition of rancher

: one who owns or works on a ranch

Examples of rancher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sheriff's department maintains traps to assist farmers and ranchers whose lands are destroyed by the animals. Kim Bellware, Anchorage Daily News, "A pack of feral hogs attacked and killed a Texas woman on her way to work," 26 Nov. 2019 Nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates have included farmers and ranchers as key players in their climate plans. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Can farmers sow their way out of climate change?," 5 Nov. 2019 The Colorado State University Extension has a person in every county in the state to work with farmers and ranchers in a variety of areas, including new technology and management practices, Rudolph said. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Group urging beefed up protection against biological threats meets at CSU to look at risks to agriculture," 5 Nov. 2019 Burgum is asking for a secretarial disaster designation, which would make federal loans available to farmer and ranchers. USA TODAY, "Lighthouse in peril, Wizard Rock, cable a la carte: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2019 Wells from Texas’s Permian Basin to the Bakken in North Dakota turned farmers and ranchers into overnight millionaires. Los Angeles Times, "Has the U.S. hit peak shale oil? Output has gone from explosive to sluggish," 15 Oct. 2019 Since 2013, farmers and ranchers have seen falling prices for crops and livestock, cutting their net income almost in half, the Farm Aid organization reports. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "'A Lot of Pain' on the Land: What Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Will Encounter in Wisconsin," 19 Sep. 2019 Two ranchers also applied for water permits to supply backup water to worker camps. Washington Post, "South Dakota Keystone XL opponents point to N. Dakota spill," 1 Nov. 2019 The story ultimately was resurrected by the words of a survivor, his descendants and other family members of the 15 men shot by Texas Rangers, local ranchers and members of the U.S. Calvary. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "‘Porvenir, Texas’ can be your Hispanic Heritage Month must-see," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rancher

1836, in the meaning defined above

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4 Dec 2019

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“Rancher.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancher. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of rancher

: a person who lives or works on a ranch

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