Definition of rancheria in English:

rancheria

Line breaks: ranch|eria
Pronunciation: /ˌrɑːn(t)ʃəˈriːə
 
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noun

  • (In Spanish America and the western US) a small Indian settlement.
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    • They are the direct result of Jesuit consolidation of the dispersed population from over eighty rancherias into eight mission towns by the 17th century.
    • Once it was primarily home to mission rancherias and then to small truck farms.
    • Architectural accents from a variety of periods enhance the notion of a sprawling rancheria evolving and expanding through the decade.

Origin

Spanish, from rancho (see ranch).

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