an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions.
Chiefly Western U.S. and Canada. a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal:
a mink ranch.
the persons employed or living on a ranch.
verb (used without object)
to manage or work on a ranch.
a large tract of land, esp one in North America, together with the necessary personnel, buildings, and equipment, for rearing livestock, esp cattle
(intransitive) to manage or run a ranch
(transitive) to raise (animals) on or as if on a ranch
1808, “country house,” from American Spanish rancho “small farm, group of farm huts,” from Spanish rancho “mess-room,” originally, “group of people who eat together,” from ranchear “to lodge or station,” from Old French ranger “install in position,” from rang “row, line” (see rank (n.)).
Sense of “large stock-farm and herding establishment” is from 1831. Of houses, “single-story, split-level” (adj.) from 1950; as a noun from 1960. Ranch-house attested from 1862.
1866, from ranch (n.). Related: Ranched; ranching.
buy the farm, hencoop
[ranch-muh n] /ˈræntʃ mən/ noun, plural ranchmen. 1. a rancher.
noun 1. a semiaquatic mink, Mustela vision, raised commercially for its fur.
[ran-choh, rahn-; Spanish rahn-chaw] /ˈræn tʃoʊ, ˈrɑn-; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔ/ noun, plural ranchos [ran-chohz; Spanish rahn-chaws] /ˈræn tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔs/ (Show IPA) 1. a ranch. 2. a hut or collection of huts for herders, laborers, or travelers. /ˈrɑːntʃəʊ/ noun (Southwestern US) (pl) -chos 1. a hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers […]
[ran-choh kawr-duh-vuh] /ˈræn tʃoʊ ˈkɔr də və/ noun 1. a town in central California.