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dude ranch
ranch house
▪ A ranch hand who worked in the area, White was drawn to what appeared to be smoke on the horizon.
▪ Summertime Peter glided easily to a gentle landing on the lush green lawn outside the ranch house.
▪ There was a four-bedroom ranch house and a big pond, almost a lake.
▪ The ranch house, corral and outbuildings have been restored and contain exhibits, photographs and period furniture.
▪ He eased the Land-Rover off the road and up to the ranch house.
▪ A full eighteen minutes after I turned in at the Gibbs Ranch sign I find the ranch house.
▪ After the cattle guard, stay to the left and away from the ranch house.
▪ The ranch house that still stands and is the heart of the site was built in 1928.
▪ The office was in a section of the ranch house.
▪ He owns a ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming.
▪ Even though arthritis has slowed him down, Orozco still works at his Redford ranch.
▪ It was a working ranch then, all green and abundant.
bet the farm/ranch
▪ a cattle ranch
▪ a four-bedroom ranch
▪ He and a Boston friend bought a ranch in Laramie and raised sheep, then steer, on the open range.
▪ I sail past a little development of off-the-shelf ranch homes.
▪ Over the years, the ranch shrank.
▪ Robert Daley settled the property in 1869, first as a horse and cattle ranch and then as a dairy operation.
▪ The bloody siege of the ranch complex in Waco has already left at least six police and cult members dead.
▪ We lived first on a ranch.
▪ We saw small towns and huge cities, chicken farms and horse ranches.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ranch \Ranch\ (r[a^]nch), v. t. [Written also raunch.] [Cf. Wrench.] To wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion. [R.]
--Dryden. ``Hasting to raunch the arrow out.''


Ranch \Ranch\, n. [See Rancho.] A tract of land used for grazing and the rearing of horses, cattle, or sheep. See Rancho, 2. [Western U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1808, "country house," from American Spanish rancho "small farm, group of farm huts," from Spanish rancho "mess-room," originally, "group of people who eat together," from ranchear "to lodge or station," from Old French ranger "install in position," from rang "row, line" (see rank (n.)).\n

\nSense of "large stock-farm and herding establishment" is from 183

  1. Of houses, "single-story, split-level" (adj.) from 1950; as a noun from 1960. Ranch-house attested from 186


1866, from ranch (n.). Related: Ranched; ranching.


n. A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock. vb. 1 To operate a ranch; engage in ranching. 2 To work on a ranch

  1. n. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle) [syn: spread, cattle ranch, cattle farm]

  2. v. manage or run a ranch; "Her husband is ranching in Arizona"

Ranch (disambiguation)

A ranch is a place where ranching, a process of raising livestock, especially cattle, is performed.

Ranch may also refer to:

  • Karolyi Ranch, The USA Gymnastics National Team Training Centerin Huntsville, Texas.
  • Ranch (brothel), a common term for a legal brothel
  • Ranch-style houses, a style of single-story house
  • Dude ranch, a type of ranch oriented towards visitors or tourism
  • Ranch dressing, a flavor of salad dressing
  • The Ranch (band), a former three-member country band headed by Keith Urban
    • The Ranch (album), this band's only album
  • The Ranch (film), a 2004 TV film starring Carly Pope
  • The Ranch (novel), 1997 novel by Danielle Steel
  • Peugeot Ranch, the Italian name for the Peugeot Partner vehicle
  • The Ranch (TV series), a Netflix television show
Ranch (brothel)

Ranch is a common name used to describe a brothel, especially in western areas of the United States.


A ranch is an area of landscape, including various structures, given primarily to the practice of ranching, the practice of raising grazing livestock such as cattle or sheep for meat or wool. The word most often applies to livestock-raising operations in Mexico, the Western United States and Canada, though there are ranches in other areas. People who own or operate a ranch are called ranchers, cattlemen, or stockgrowers. Ranching is also a method used to raise less common livestock such as elk, American bison or even ostrich, emu, and alpacas.

Ranches generally consist of large areas, but may be of nearly any size. In the western United States, many ranches are a combination of privately owned land supplemented by grazing leases on land under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management. If the ranch includes arable or irrigated land, the ranch may also engage in a limited amount of farming, raising crops for feeding the animals, such as hay and feed grains.

Ranches that cater exclusively to tourists are called guest ranches or, colloquially, " dude ranches." Most working ranches do not cater to guests, though they may allow private hunters or outfitters onto their property to hunt native wildlife. However, in recent years, a few struggling smaller operations have added some dude ranch features, such as horseback rides, cattle drives or guided hunting, in an attempt to bring in additional income. Ranching is part of the iconography of the "Wild West" as seen in Western movies and rodeos.

Usage examples of "ranch".

God, sex, money, acquiring a ranch and, above all, how to handle women were explained to him by the night riders.

WAS NEXT MORNING, about an hour before dawn, that I found myself, against my better judgment, riding escort for Miz Lewis as we headed off into the far western acreage of the Cottonwood ranch.

ranchers from remoter parts of the country appeared: Garnett, from the Ruby rancho, Keast, from the ranch of the same name, Gethings, of the San Pablo, Chattern, of the Bonanza, and others and still others, a score of them--elderly men, for the most part, bearded, slow of speech, deliberate, dressed in broadcloth.

Garnett of the Ruby rancho, Keast from the ranch of the same name, Gethings of the San Pablo, and Chattern of the Bonanza, leaned back in their chairs, their waist-coats unbuttoned, their legs spread wide, laughing--they could not tell why.

There remained in the harness room--besides Vanamee and Presley--Magnus Derrick, Annixter, old Broderson Harran, Garnett from the Ruby rancho, Keast from the ranch of the same name, Gethings of the San Pablo, Chattern of the Bonanza, about a score of others, ranchers from various parts of the county, and, last of all, Dabney, ignored, silent, to whom nobody spoke and who, as yet, had not uttered a word.

Promptly these chairs were filled up with members of the League, the audience cheering as certain well-known figures made their appearance--Garnett of the Ruby ranch, Gethings of the San Pablo, Keast of the ranch of the same name, Chattern of the Bonanza, elderly men, bearded, slow of speech, deliberate.

Espirition, the Mexican, who had been sent forty miles in a buckboard from the Espinosa Ranch to fetch it, returned with a shrugging shoulder and hands empty except for a cigarette.

He walked two hours and a half, and at last his face lit up happily and he told Buncombe it had occurred to him that the ranch underneath the new Morgan ranch still belonged to Hyde, that his title to the ground was just as good as it had ever been, and therefore he was of opinion that Hyde had a right to dig it out from under there and-- The General never waited to hear the end of it.

Starbuck contracted with hundreds of small, under-financed ranches to supply beef for the burgeoning markets in America and Europe, and a certain percentage of failures and bankruptcies were expected.

He decided that Busby would not be interested in the details of his ranch school education.

Now it was mostly Arapaho land as far as Father John could see, across the plains and into the foothills, except for the 100,000-acre Cooley ranch that butted against the southwestern edge of the reservation.

Anyway, if Harvey had changed his mind about the Cooley ranch, it probably had more to do with finances than with anything the elders had said.

The sounds of country music and laughter drifted from the Cooley ranch house where a large crowd had already gathered on the front lawn.

And the party would be a chance to talk to Ned Cooley, maybe find out why Harvey had changed his mind about buying the ranch.

The Cooley ranch dated from 1879, five years before the Jesuits had come to St.