Definition of ranch in English:

ranch

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Pronunciation: /rɑːn(t)ʃ
 
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noun

1A large farm, especially in North America or Australia, where cattle or other animals are bred: a beef cattle ranch fur ranches for silver fox and mink
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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-storey house.
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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.
2 (also ranch dressing) [mass noun] North American ( trademark in the UK) A type of thick white salad dressing made with sour cream.
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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.

verb

[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: ranched salmon
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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: we’ve ranched this area for almost two decades
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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.

Origin

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

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