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

Definition of rancho

Examples of rancho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1896, Griffith ceded most of the rancho to the city of Los Angeles, which turned it into one of the country’s largest urban parks. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Van Griffith estate in Los Feliz returns to market at $8.3 million," 26 June 2020 The historic rancho adobe haciendas also survive today as museums. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista: America’s climatic wonderland is much more than temperate," 28 June 2019 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

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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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“Rancho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancho. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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