ran·​cho | \ ˈran-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce rancho (audio) , ˈrän- How to pronounce rancho (audio) \
plural ranchos

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Make adobe bricks, stamp leather, dip candles, corn husk dolls, churn butter, and participate in other rancho-era activities. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Greek festival, comedy and more," 25 Aug. 2019 Today these ranchos are places like Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe and Otay Ranch. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "250 years of San Diego," 30 June 2019 During California’s rancho period, the area was known as Cordero. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carmel Valley: Large homes, parks and award-winning schools," 30 June 2019 The rancho’s new owner was Ygnacio Francisco Xavier Calvillo, an early San Antonio settler. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "The remarkable Ana Maria Calvillo: She could ride, shoot, ranch and live in peace with the Indians," 29 June 2018 Historic rancho celebrates family day The Families Make History program starts back up Saturday at the San Dieguito Heritage Ranch, which will also be holding a Lima Bean Cookoff. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Boys & Girls Club member wins state title," 18 May 2018 Huichica, by the way, was the Sonoma Valley Mexican rancho that Jacob Gundlach, a Bavarian who came here in search of gold, bought a parcel of in 1857. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Guitarist Grisha Goryachev brings Russian feeling to flamenco," 14 Mar. 2018 Baldwin had become smitten with the rancho, which was lush and green due to the artesian wells that ran beneath its rolling pastures. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Arcadia's historic, scenic racetrack gives it a leg up," 3 Nov. 2017 For nearly a century the 6,700-square-foot house was the headquarters of a working rancho that grew smaller and smaller as it was divided up and sold off. Jennifer Rice Epstein, Los Angeles Magazine, "Gage Mansion Is Moldering Away Right in Front of Its Owners’ Eyes," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of rancho

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rancho

Mexican Spanish, small ranch

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