[e-stahn-see-uh; Spanish es-tahn-syah]
noun, plural estancias [e-stahn-see-uhz; Spanish es-tahn-syahs] .
(in Spanish America) a landed estate or a cattle ranch.

1695–1705; < American Spanish, Spanish: dwelling Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To estancia
World English Dictionary
estancia (ɪˈstænsɪə, Spanish esˈtansia)
(in Spanish America) a large estate or cattle ranch
[C18: from American Spanish, from Spanish: dwelling, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a remaining, from Latin stāre to stand]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


in the Rio de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay, an extensive rural estate largely devoted to cattle ranching and to some extent to the raising of feed grain

Learn more about estancia with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Estancia features a number of amenities, including a pool surrounded by private cabanas.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature