ranch

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English[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

ranch ‎(plural ranches)

  1. A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
    • 1899, Stephen Crane, chapter 1, in Twelve O'Clock:
      There was some laughter, and Roddle was left free to expand his ideas on the periodic visits of cowboys to the town. “Mason Rickets, he had ten big punkins a-sittin' in front of his store, an' them fellers from the Upside-down-F ranch shot 'em up […].”
  2. (western US) A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
  3. A house or property on a plot of 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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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English ranch.

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

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

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English ranch, from American Spanish rancho ‎(small farm, group of farm huts), in Spanish originally “group of people who eat together”, from ranchear ‎(to lodge, station), from Old French ranger ‎(to install in position), from rang ‎(row, line) (cognate with English rank)

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ranch m ‎(invariable)

  1. A ranch, notably livestock breeding farm.