1a large farm, especially in North America or Australia, where cattle or other animals are bred: a beef cattle ranch fur ranches for silver fox and mink (also ranch house) North American a single-storey house.
2 (also ranch dressing) [mass noun] North American
in the UK) a type of thick white salad dressing made with sour cream.
run a ranch:cattle ranching [with object]
(often as adjective ranched
) breed (animals) on a ranch: ranched salmon
[with object] use (land) as a ranch: we’ve ranched this area for almost two decades