NounRanch (plural ranches)
- A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
- (western US) A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
- A house or property on a ranch land.
- A type of salad 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
arable land, barnyard, barton, breed, cattle ranch, chicken farm, collective farm, cotton plantation, croft, crop, culture, dairy farm, demesne, demesne farm, dry farm, dryfarm, dude ranch, estate, factory farm, fallow, farm, farmery, farmhold, farmland, farmplace, farmstead, farmyard, fatten, feed, fruit farm, fur farm, garden, grain farm, grange, grassland, grow, hacienda, hatch, home place, homecroft, homefarm, homestead, house and grounds, house and lot, keep, kibbutz, kolkhoz, location, mains, manor farm, messuage, nurture, orchard, pasture, pen, place, plantation, poultry farm, raise, rancheria, rancho, rear, run, sharecrop, sheep farm, station, steading, stock farm, toft, truck farm
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)
- A ranch, notably lifestock breeding farm, especially in North America and in other English-speaking countries
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)
- rancher m.
ranch m. inv.
- A ranch, notably livestock breeding farm.
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)