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[ran-choh, rahn-; Spanish rahn-chaw] /ˈræn tʃoʊ, ˈrɑn-; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔ/
noun, plural ranchos
[ran-chohz; Spanish rahn-chaws] /ˈræn tʃoʊz; Spanish ˈrɑn tʃɔs/ (Show IPA)
a ranch.
a hut or collection of huts for herders, laborers, or travelers.
Origin of rancho
1800-10, Americanism; < American Spanish: small farm, camp (Spanish: camp) < Old Spanish rancharse to lodge, be billeted < Middle French (se) ranger to be arranged, be installed; see range Unabridged
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  • The man let go of her skirts, and Ruth ran back toward the rancho while he walked off in the other direction.

    The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold Margaret Vandercook
  • The habits of the siesta obtained in a modified form at the rancho.

  • They re-entered the rancho, the door of which the painter scrupulously closed after him.

    The Guide of the Desert Gustave Aimard
  • Could it be Mrs. Peyton making an unexpected visit to the rancho?

  • There were none before reaching his own rancho, which, as already stated, was the lowest in the valley.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for rancho


noun (Southwestern US) (pl) -chos
a hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers
another word for ranch
Word Origin
C17: from Mexican Spanish: camp, from Old Spanish ranchar to be billeted, from Old French ranger to place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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