• A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
  • A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock, especially one in the Southwestern United States.
  • A house or property on a plot of ranch land.
  • Ranch dressing.



  • Recorded since 1808, farm sense since 1831. From American Spanish rancho ("small farm, group of farm huts"), in Spanish originally “group of people who eat together”, from ranchear, from Old French ranger ("install in position"), from rang (cognate with English rank)

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