Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers.
  • n. Southwestern U.S. A ranch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A simple hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm workers may lodge at night.
  • n. A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; distinguished from hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rude hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm laborers may live or lodge at night.
  • n. A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; -- distinguished from hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.

from The 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.

Etymologies

American Spanish, small ranch; see ranch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, properly, a mess, mess room. Compare ranch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 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.

    �me encanta caldo de res!

  • "He even had Cody tell the sheriff our rancho is a fire hazard because we don't have enough men," Diego said angrily.

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  • On the forest-covered sides of the more elevated mountains the rancho is a house of logs, a

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • On the hill above the kitchen building is a "rancho".

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  • 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.

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  • 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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