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)
ranch (plural ranches)
- 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 […].”
- (western US) A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
- A house or property on a plot of ranch land.
- Ranch dressing.
- To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.
- Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman
- To work on a ranch
- Bill had ranched only five years when his dad made him foreman
- ranch, notably livestock breeding farm, especially in North America and in other English-speaking countries
- rancher m
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)
ranch m (invariable)
- A ranch, notably livestock breeding farm.