Also found in: Wikipedia.
Related to rancho: skyjacker


n. pl. ran·chos Southwestern US
1. A hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers.
2. A ranch.

[American Spanish, small ranch; see ranch.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n, pl -chos
1. (Agriculture) a hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers
2. (Agriculture) another word for ranch
[C17: from Mexican Spanish: camp, from Old Spanish ranchar to be billeted, from Old French ranger to place]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈræn tʃoʊ, ˈrɑn-)

n., pl. -chos.
1. a ranch.
2. a hut or collection of huts for herders, laborers, or travelers.
[1800–10, Amer.; < American Spanish: small farm, camp]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


 Spanish, a company who eat together; a collection of huts, 1860.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
They protested that they did not wish to be there when it happened, and some one suggested going to a big Italian rancho four miles away, where they could get up a dance.
We took up our residence in the rancho , or hovel, of a curious old Spaniard, who had served with Napoleon in the expedition against Russia.
My chief amusement was watching the Indian families as they came to buy little articles at the rancho where we stayed.
Global Banking News-February 5, 2015--Banc of California opens new branches in Rancho Santa Fe and Santa Barbara
Rancho Diablo seems to be a western book series put out by a small group of western writers.
The Rio Rancho Rotary Sunrise Club's Fifth Annual DeGroot-Akins Nursing Scholarship Dinner raising funds for Nursing Students from Rio Rancho along with the Health Care Heroes Salute by the Rio Rancho Observer will be held on Saturday, February 8th at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort.
RANCHO BERNARDO, CA - 70, passed away August 15, 2013 in her home in Rancho Bernardo, CA after a courageous battle with cancer.
Rancho Mirage joins other 'Images of America' visual histories to celebrate the founding and growth of a town located in Southern California between Palm Springs and Palm Desert.
reveals operation update on Rancho Hermoso Field(C)1994-2011 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk