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estancia Syllabification: es·tan·cia
Pronunciation: /eˈstansēə/

Definition of estancia in English:


A cattle ranch in Latin America or the southwestern US.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with estancia

fancier, financier, Landseer

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