a person who owns or works on a ranch.

1830–40, Americanism; ranch + -er1

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rancher (ˈrɑːntʃə)
a person who owns, manages, or works on a ranch

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Example sentences
Onshore, these are often plowed into a rancher or farmers field for fertilizer.
And any rancher knows how damaging cattle are to land.
Where a rancher sees rangeland for livestock, the environmentalist may see
  ravaged nature in need of preservation.
Those are the two nastiest words you can say to any rancher.
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