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ranchera Line breaks: ranch|era
Pronunciation: /rɑːnˈtʃɛːrə/

Definition of ranchera in English:


[mass noun]
1A type of Mexican country music typically played with guitars and horns.
Example sentences
  • Today, that station hasn't changed its format much, but ranchera is no longer the powerhouse.
  • The drawing for the house was held at City Hall, gaily dressed with yellow balloons and reverberating with ranchera music.
  • Arellano draws interesting parallels between Morrissey's music and Mexico's ranchera music tradition.
1.1 [count noun] A ranchera tune or song.
Example sentences
  • Although usually connected with mariachi, rancheras are performed by all regional Mexican music ensembles.
  • Los Lobos, since its inception, has defied categorization, with a repertoire of traditional rock, blues, Mexican rancheras and their own tunes, which bring together elements of all of the above.
  • Her music is a reflection of her multicultural childhood in Mexico and her studies in anthropology in Minnesota, with its combination of Mexican folklore, boleros, borderland rancheras, opera, and American jazz and blues.


1980s: from Spanish cancion rancheró 'farmers' song'.

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