Definition of ranch in English:
1A large farm, especially in the western US and Canada, where cattle or other animals are bred and raised.
- 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-story, sometimes split-level, house, typically with a low-pitched roof.
- 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.
2North American ( trademark in the UK) short for ranch dressing.
- 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
1.1 [with object] (often as adjective ranched) Breed (animals) on a ranch.
- 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.
early 19th century: from Spanish rancho 'group of persons eating together'.
Definition of ranch in:
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