rancheria

noun
ran·​che·​ria | \ ˌranchəˈrēə \
plural -s

Definition of rancheria

1 : a dwelling place of a ranchero
2 : a small settlement often consisting of huts occupied especially by Amerindians or Mexicans it was among these rancherias … that the missions found their most fertile field for labor— F. M. & Marie Keesing

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History and Etymology for rancheria

Mexican Spanish ranchería, from ranchero + Spanish -ía -y (from Latin -ia)

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“Rancheria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancheria. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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