Ranch meaning

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A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
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(western US) A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
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A house or property on a ranch land.
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Ranch dressing.
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To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.

Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman.

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To work on a ranch.

Bill had ranched only five years when his dad made him foreman.

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A large farm on which a particular crop or kind of animal is raised.

A mink ranch.

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A house in which the owner of an extensive farm lives.
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To manage or work on a ranch.
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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.
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Any large farm devoted to the raising of a particular crop or livestock.

A fruit ranch.

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All the people living and working on a ranch.
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To work on or manage a ranch.
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To raise on a ranch.
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An extensive farm, especially in the western United States, on which large herds of cattle, sheep, or horses are raised.
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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)

    From Wiktionary