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[e-stahn-see-uh; Spanish es-tahn-syah] /ɛˈstɑn si ə; Spanish ɛsˈtɑn syɑ/
noun, plural estancias
[e-stahn-see-uh z; Spanish es-tahn-syahs] /ɛˈstɑn si əz; Spanish ɛsˈtɑn syɑs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spanish America) a landed estate or a cattle ranch.
Origin of estancia
1695-1705; < American Spanish, Spanish: dwelling Unabridged
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  • No man out on the road and needing a meal has the slightest hesitation about dropping into an estancia and making himself at home.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • Our next shall be at the estancia Algaroba, where we shall spend the night.

    The Rover of the Andes R.M. Ballantyne
  • One of you boys must ride to-night to the estancia and get assistance.

  • At the estancia we had the very newest forms of machinery to do everything.

  • The fitness of our animals is owing entirely to the continual attention and care they receive daily at the estancia.

  • The Uruguayan estancia life resembles that of Argentina very closely.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • It was a long way from the estancia, but Jack wished it was longer, so delightful was his conversation with Dolores.

  • But on my estancia I have peons, and my peons will be soldiers the day I want them.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • Patito had got two horses in readiness, which speedily carried brother and sister far from the estancia.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • And he came with you in this galera yesterday as far as Pico's estancia?

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
British Dictionary definitions for estancia


/ɪˈstænsɪə; Spanish esˈtansia/
(in Spanish America) a large estate or cattle ranch
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish, from Spanish: dwelling, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a remaining, from Latin stāre to stand
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