from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extensive farm, especially in the western United States, on which large herds of cattle, sheep, or horses are raised.
- n. A large farm on which a particular crop or kind of animal is raised: a mink ranch.
- n. A house in which the owner of an extensive farm lives.
- intransitive v. To manage or work on a ranch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
- n. A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
- n. A house or property on a ranch land.
- n. A type of salad dressing.
- v. To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.
- v. To work on a ranch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion.
- n. A tract of land used for grazing and the rearing of horses, cattle, or sheep. See rancho, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wrench; tear; wound.
- n. A deep scratch or wound.
- n. In the western part of the United States, especially in the parts formerly Mexican, on the great plains, etc., a herding establishment and estate; a stock-farm; by extension, in the same regions, any farm or farming establishment.
- n. In a restricted sense, a company of ranchers or rancheros; the body of persons employed on a ranch.
- To conduct or work upon a ranch; engage in herding.
- n. Also, a permanent Indian village.
- n. A small hut or house in the country, not necessarily a cattle-breeding establishment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. manage or run a ranch
- n. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
American Spanish rancho, small farm, from Spanish, hut, group of people who eat together, from Old Spanish rancharse, to be billeted, from Old French se ranger, to be arranged, from renc, reng, row, line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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) (Wiktionary)