plural ranchos

Examples of rancho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sets the scene for a project that includes 75 rancho estates on six-acre plots of land, roughly half of which have already been sold, as well as the first Six Senses resort in Mexico. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 13 Mar. 2024 The land has a long history of ranching, used as a Mexican rancho in the 1830s and then for homesteading in later years. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2024 From its fishing and rancho roots to a surfing secret to now a veritable bohemian playground, Sayuita is sleepy no more. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 3 Feb. 2024 Soon thereafter, the Marquez and Reyes families sold off most of what remained of the rancho, including the cemetery. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 One of our launch-day stories was this piece by Alejandra Molina, about a group of equestrian enthusiasts in the San Gabriel Valley mobilized into political action and organization after their rancho way of life is threatened by the prospect of real estate development. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 During California’s rancho period, the area was known as Cordero. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 Raised on a small Sinaloan rancho, Chalino — born Rosalino Sanchez — crossed the border in 1977, four years after Gallegos. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 How Grandma’s example of charity, simple living and rancho smarts would inspire her eight children, 32 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, and 21 great-great grandchildren for the rest of our lives. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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