Definition of estancia in English:

estancia

Line breaks: estan|cia
Pronunciation: /ɛˈstansɪə
 
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noun

  • A cattle ranch in Latin America or the southern US.
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    • In the 1990s, it was estimated that cattle and sheep estancias, or farms, took up four-fifths of the country's land.
    • In the rural areas, however, many workers on the estancias wear at least part of the gaucho costume - a wide-brimmed hat and loose trousers tucked into the boots - as part of their outfit.
    • The next thing we knew she was giving us a lift into town, negotiating a hotel for us and finding an estancia, or ranch, that we could stay at.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Spanish, literally 'station', from medieval Latin stantia, based on Latin stare 'to stand'.

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