ranch

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Etymology[edit]

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)

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ranch (plural ranches)

  1. A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
  2. (western US) A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
  3. A house or property on a ranch land.
  4. ranch dressing

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ranch (third-person singular simple present ranches, present participle ranching, simple past and past participle ranched)

  1. To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.
    Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman
  2. To work on a ranch
    Bill had ranched only five years when his dad made him foreman

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Etymology[edit]

From English 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)

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ranch m (plural ranches or ranchen, diminutive ranchje n)

  1. A ranch, notably livestock breeding farm, especially in North America and in other English-speaking countries

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English, 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)

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ranch m (invariable)

  1. A ranch, notably livestock breeding farm.