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Spanish, properly, a mess, mess room. Compare ranch.


rancho ‎(plural ranchos or ranchoes)

  1. (US, regional) A simple hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm workers may lodge at night.
  2. (US, regional) A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; distinguished from hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



From rancharse, from arranchar, from French ranger, from rang, from Frankish *hring.


rancho m ‎(plural ranchos)

  1. ranch
  2. shed, barn

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