plural ranchos

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jose Huizar, born in the rancho between my parents’ villages, who became the first Mexican immigrant elected to the L.A. City Council. Gustavo Arellanocolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 May held on and fought everyone from settlers to railway bosses to the Supreme Court in an attempt to keep any public road or rail from crossing through the rancho. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 2 Oct. 2022 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, 26 June 2020 The historic rancho adobe haciendas also survive today as museums. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 25 Aug. 2019 Today these ranchos are places like Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe and Otay Ranch. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2019 During California’s rancho period, the area was known as Cordero. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2019 The rancho’s new owner was Ygnacio Francisco Xavier Calvillo, an early San Antonio settler. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, 29 June 2018 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, small ranch

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rancho was in 1820

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“Rancho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancho. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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