Definition of ranch in English:


Syllabification: ranch
Pronunciation: /ranCH


  • 1A large farm, especially in the western US and Canada, where cattle or other animals are bred and raised.
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    • Most of them are being raised like cattle on big ranches to provide beef for buffalo burgers.
    • All these attributes make alfalfa a highly desirable crop for many farms and ranches.
    • Here's some footage of my wife, Nellie, taken at a recent cattle sale at our ranch.
  • 1.1 (also ranch house) North American A single-story, sometimes split-level, house, typically with a low-pitched roof.
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    • His home is a simple ranch house with sheets for curtains and an unattractive brown lawn.
    • I suddenly was struck by how much his ranch house contrasted to my dingy apartment.
    • The first house that I had a mortgage for was a ranch house in Edison, New Jersey.
  • 2North American ( • trademark in the UK) short for ranch dressing.
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    • I skip the butter and sour cream and opt for broccoli or lowfat or nonfat ranch dressing.
    • I try not to get into them too often, but what I will nibble on are pretzels dipped in ranch dressing.
    • So fill in by serving baby carrots or sliced red or green peppers or cucumbers with light ranch dressing.


[no object] (often as noun ranching) Back to top  
  • 1Run a ranch: cattle ranching
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    • She makes a living applying animal psychology research to fields like cattle ranching.
    • If I hadn't been so good at the family business I would take up cattle ranching.
    • A large part of its economy is dependent on agriculture and cattle ranching.
  • 1.1 [with object] (often as adjective ranched) Breed (animals) on a ranch.
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    • Farmers fatten livestock for the market so why don't fishermen ranch fish?
    • Many carnivores, such as mink, seal, fox, and bobcat, have long been hunted or ranched for their fur.
    • The Epperson's way of pasture ranching horses allows the horses to learn herd behavior and grow up in nature's elements.
  • 1.2 [with object] Use (land) as a ranch.
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    • The ranch is still the original tract patented to Henry Freisen in 1836 and has been ranched continuously ever since that time.


early 19th century: from Spanish rancho 'group of persons eating together'.

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