Definition of ranch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɑːntʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ræntʃ//
On the farm, Equine sports
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  • a large farm, especially in N America or Australia, where cows, horses, sheep, etc. are bred a cattle/sheep ranch ranch hands (= the people who work on a ranch) see also dude ranch See related entries: On the farm, Equine sports
  • Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Spanish rancho ‘group of persons eating together’.Idioms
    bet the farm/ranch on something
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    (North American English, informal) to risk everything you have on an investment, a bet, etc. The company bet the farm on the new marketing model, only to find that it wasn’t successful.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ranch