American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Southwestern U.S. A hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers.
- n. Southwestern U.S. A ranch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Spanish America, a rude hut or cluster of huts where herdsmen or stockmen live or only lodge; hence, an establishment for breeding cattle and horses; a stock-farm. It is thus distinguished from a hacienda, which is a cultivated farm or plantation. See ranch, n.
- n. A hut or cluster of huts where travelers can be accommodated, like the Dak bungalows of India.
- n. A simple hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm workers may lodge at night.
- n. US, California, Mexico A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; distinguished from hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A rude hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm laborers may live or lodge at night.
- n. Mexico & California A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; -- distinguished from
hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.
- Spanish, properly, a mess, mess room. Compare ranch. (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, small ranch; see ranch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The book he wrote about the rancho is available at Loompanics. com; the list of books sold through this online catalog is worth perusing on its own.”
“Cocido in this sur de Sinaloa rancho is made using most of the classic ingredients; carrots, potatoes, corn on the cob and lots of caldo, however it is served as a one pot affair with only one type of meat included which is always beef and usually the short ribs, beans instead of chickpeas and no cabbage.”
“He even had Cody tell the sheriff our rancho is a fire hazard because we don't have enough men," Diego said angrily.”
“On the forest-covered sides of the more elevated mountains the rancho is a house of logs, a”
“In the hot lands of the coast, and some low valleys in the interior, the rancho is a frail structure of cane and poles with a thatch of palm-leaves.”
“The man has perhaps recently moved to this spot, and has not had time or energy to build himself a "rancho," and therefore the homestead consists of about four yards of canvas stretched across the branch of a tree like the roof of a tent.”
“We halted in front of the house, and after cooking and eating, I walked up to the "rancho," which is a comfortable, well-furnished wooden building.”
“On the hill above the kitchen building is a "rancho".”
“Richard O'Neill, 85, inherited much of southern Orange County, the remnants of a 19th century "rancho" so vast that the Marine Corps 'Camp Pendleton training base was carved from it during World War II.”
“I, too, tend to be of the opinion that this fellow needs to spend a little more time working the "rancho" and a little less time sitting in front of the computadora with his”
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