- a large farm, esp. in the W U.S., with its buildings, lands, etc., for the raising of cattle, horses, or sheep in great numbers
- any large farm devoted to the raising of a particular crop or livestock: a fruit ranch
- all the people living and working on a ranch
- ranch house
Origin of ranch; from rancho
- An extensive farm, especially in the western United States, on which large herds of cattle, sheep, or horses are raised.
- A large farm on which a particular crop or kind of animal is raised: a mink ranch.
- A house in which the owner of an extensive farm lives.
intransitive verbranched, ranch·ing, ranch·es
Origin of ranchAmerican Spanish rancho, small farm, from Spanish, hut, group of people who eat together, from Old Spanish rancharse, to be billeted, from Old French se ranger, to be arranged, from renc, reng, row, line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ranches, present participle ranching, simple past and past participle ranched)
Recorded since 1808, farm sense since 1831. From American Spanish rancho (“small farm, group of farm huts"), in Spanish originally "group of people who eat together", from ranchear (“to lodge or station"), from Old French ranger (“install in position"), from rang (“row, line") (cognate with rank)