from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The owner or manager of a ranch; a rancher.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An owner or occupant of, or laborer on, a ranch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An owner or occupant of, or laborer on, a ranch; a herdsman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man who is employed on a ranch; one of the herdsmen of a ranch; specifically, one who owns or who has the charge or control of a ranch; a rancher.
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"Boys, do you want to see some fun?" called the ranchman as he came up.
It cannot be said that Theodore Roosevelt's venture as a ranchman was a very successful one, and it is doubtful if he expected to make much money out of it.
From him I obtained an introduction to the western ranchman, Frank Earnest by name, who had accompanied him as hunter and guide.
Local ranchman Tony Duran has already signed a lease facilitated by KHL Inc. of Albuquerque, and is convinced that drilling would not pose a danger to the water resources in the area.
The ranchman, who is half-hunter, half-stockman, and his wife are jovial, hearty Welsh people from Llanberis, who laugh with loud, cheery British laughs, sing in parts down to the youngest child, are free hearted and hospitable, and pile the pitch-pine logs half-way up the great rude chimney.
The ranchman neither allows drink to be brought into the house nor to be drunk outside, and on this condition only he “keeps travelers.”
The ranchman tells us that on January 7th and 8th, 1873, there was a sudden and tremendous outburst of Mauna Loa.
The worthy ranchman expected us, and has treated us very sumptuously, and even Kahele is being regaled on Chinese sorghum.
He was dressed in one of his semiformal riverboat gambler suits rather than the tailored ranchman outfits he usually sported, perhaps signaling the special character of the occasion.
Every stage driver, every passenger, every ranchman, every railroad employee, has his little legend to tell.
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