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 His father, Jimmy, was a rancher, and his mother, Elta, was a homemaker. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Ted Thompson, Who Helped Revive the Packers, Is Dead at 68," 23 Jan. 2021 The choice suits the material, a study in contrasts between two men trying to tame the West: Ranse Stoddard (James Stewart), an idealistic young lawyer, and Tom Doniphon (John Wayne), a tough rancher. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The 50 Greatest Western Movies of All Time," 18 Jan. 2021 The rancher and businessman served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1980s and ’90s. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 He and the other two crew members were declared missing and presumed dead, only to later be rescued from the remote Pacific island of Erromango (part of the Vanuatu archipelago) with the aid of the island’s inhabitants and an Australian rancher. David Sauer, Star Tribune, "Remember the price we paid in the Pacific," 4 Dec. 2020 This year, the department store is offering customers the chance to meet Tom Perini, a rancher and chef who happens to own the James Beard Award-winning Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "All the Over-the-top Trips in Neiman Marcus's 2020 Fantasy Gift Guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Wright, a bullrider-turned-rancher and oil-field service company owner, says the agency needs to make decisions with less deliberation, allowing businesses, employment and oil production to thrive. Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg.com, "Republican Insurgent Wright Wins Texas Oil Regulator Post," 4 Nov. 2020 While the two-day event was officially sponsored by historical groups in four area counties, the main driver was Ernest Woodward, 67, a prominent local rancher who owns the west bank at the crossing. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Horse Head Crossing — where men and cattle died," 6 Nov. 2020 People like Tim Esch, a rancher from Spalding, remember the pain caused in the 1980s by President Jimmy Carter’s Soviet grain embargo, which sent prices of corn and wheat tumbling. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "He Already Saw the Election as Good vs. Evil. Then His Tractor Burned.," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rancher

1836, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2021

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“Rancher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancher. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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: a person who lives or works on a ranch

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