Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman.
A mink ranch.
A fruit ranch.
Origin of ranch
- American 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 sker-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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)