- 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 minkMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 ranchingMore example sentences
- 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 salmonMore example sentences
- 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 decadesMore example sentences
- 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'.
More definitions of ranchDefinition of ranch in:
- The US English dictionary