- 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 ranchfrom 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.
- The building on a ranch occupied by its operator; a ranch house.
- A one-story house, usually having a low-pitched roof; a ranch house.
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)