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 For decades, Rodeo Club members offered a day of their labor to a rancher in exchange for a donation — and although there have long been calls for clubs across the state to stop labeling this slavery, the name in Faith has stuck. Washington Post, "South Dakota high school rodeo club cancels annual ‘slave auction’ fundraiser," 22 Apr. 2021 Despite being the son of a rancher, by his own admission, McMurtry never had much skill as a cowboy. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Lonesome Dove novelist Larry McMurtry dies at 84," 26 Mar. 2021 Cibrian stars alongside Katharine McPhee as a widowed rancher and father of five in desperate need of a reliable nanny. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "LeAnn Rimes's Relationship With Husband Eddie Cibrian Sounds Like a Hallmark Movie," 21 Mar. 2021 Janey, the oldest, married a rancher in South Texas. Dallas News, "Carpenter-Briscoe lawsuit could decide controlling stake in former Texas governor’s ranch," 31 Mar. 2021 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

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First Known Use of rancher

1836, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Rancher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancher. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rancher

: a person who lives or works on a ranch

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