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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ranch, spread, cattle ranch, cattle farm(verb)

    farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)

  2. ranch(verb)

    manage or run a ranch

    "Her husband is ranching in Arizona"


  1. ranch(Noun)

    A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.

  2. ranch(Noun)

    A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.

  3. ranch(Noun)

    A house or property on a ranch land.

  4. ranch(Noun)

    A type of salad dressing.

  5. ranch(Verb)

    To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.

    Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman

  6. ranch(Verb)

    To work on a ranch

  7. Origin: Recorded since 1808, farm sense since 1831. From American rancho, in Spanish originally "group of people who eat together", from ranchear, from ranger, from rang (cognate with rank)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ranch(verb)

    to wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion

  2. Ranch(noun)

    a tract of land used for grazing and the rearing of horses, cattle, or sheep. See Rancho, 2

  3. Origin: [See Rancho.]


  1. Ranch

    A ranch is an area of landscape, including various structures, given primarily to the practice of ranching, the practice of raising grazing livestock such as cattle or sheep for meat or wool. The word most often applies to livestock-raising operations in the western United States and Canada, though there are ranches in other areas. People who own or operate a ranch are called ranchers, or stockgrowers. Ranching is also a method used to raise less common livestock such as elk, American bison or even ostrich, emu, and alpacas. Ranches generally consist of large areas, but may be of nearly any size. In the western United States, many ranches are a combination of privately owned land supplemented by grazing leases on land under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management. If the ranch includes arable or irrigated land, the ranch may also engage in a limited amount of farming, raising crops for feeding the animals, such as hay and feed grains. Ranches that cater exclusively to tourists are called guest ranches or, colloquially, "dude ranches." Most working ranches do not cater to guests, though they may allow private hunters or outfitters onto their property to hunt native wildlife. However, in recent years, a few struggling smaller operations have added some dude ranch features, such as horseback rides, cattle drives or guided hunting, in an attempt to bring in additional income. Ranching is part of the iconography of the "Wild West" as seen in Western movies and rodeos.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ranch

    ranch, n. a stock farm in the west part of the United States.—v.i. to manage or work upon a ranch—also Ranche, Ranch′o.—ns. Ranch′er, Ranchero (ran-chā′rō), Ranch′man, one employed in ranching; Rancheria (ran-chā-rē′a), a herdsman's hut: a village of herdsmen: a settlement of Indians; Ranch′ing, the business of cattle-breeding. [Sp. rancho, prop. 'mess' or 'mess-room;' in Mexico, a herdsman's hut, a grazing-farm.]

  2. Ranch

    ransh, v.t. (Dryden) to tear, wound. [Wrench.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Ranch

    From the Spanish rancho, a hut of posts, covered with branches or thatch, in which herdsman or farm labourers in the western states of North America lodge by night.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ranch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ranch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ranch in a Sentence

  1. Jim Benvie:

    There's not going to be any standoffs, this isn't the Bundy Ranch.

  2. Richard Harris:

    Sea Ranch was built as an exclusive millionaires' paradise, to very high standards.

  3. Gunnison County Undersheriff Mark Mykol:

    It’s definitely ranch-related, it’s a beautiful setting. Indian Head Rock is on the property.

  4. Douglas County:

    I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside Highlands Ranch helped save lives.

  5. Anjelica Huston:

    The door of this sort of ranch house opened and there was that smile, and, of course, I fell instantly in love.

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