Definition of grange in English:



  • 1usually in names A country house with farm buildings attached.

    ‘Biddulph Grange’
    • ‘Murton Grange is a spick-and-span farmstead all in white.’
    • ‘Olivia mourns like Mariana in the moated grange - richly, and with repeated Victorian rituals.’
    • ‘Here thematic chapters treat topics such as manors and granges, woods and parks, gardens and vineyards, and towns and transport, setting out in a big, fat book a valuable overview.’
    • ‘At the heart of the grange were farm buildings, paddocks, gardens, granaries, industrial areas and workshops, and a chapel.’
    • ‘They may have staged her stay at the grange with the intention of providing him the opportunity to carry out his sinister plan.’
    1. 1.1historical An outlying farm with tithe barns belonging to a monastery or feudal lord.
      • ‘Some monastic granges had particular functions, for example as agrarian farms, sheep farms, cattle ranches, horse studs, or industrial workings.’
      • ‘This house is said to stand on the site of a grange (monastic farm) that once belonged to the monks of Furness Abbey.’
      • ‘His writings state the abbey founded a large farmstead, or grange, and a water mill 20 miles away.’
      • ‘The society member said: ‘There is no dating of this site yet, but it is thought that there is a possibility that it is linked with a monastic grange which was in the vicinity which dates back to the 13 th Century.’’
      • ‘The chronicles state that the abbey established a large farmstead - known as a grange - 20 miles away near Wharram Percy, and that a water mill was soon added.’
      smallholding, holding, farmstead, steading, plantation, estate
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    2. 1.2archaic A barn.
      • ‘Few manufactured articles were bought. Salt, tar, iron, mill-stones, steel for tipping the edges of implements, canvas for the sails of the wind-mill, cloths for use in the dairy, in the malthouse, or in the grange, together with the dresses of the inhabitants of the hall, and a few vessels of brass, copper, or earthenware, satisfied the simple needs of the rural population.’
      • ‘People and cattle then remain at the montagnette until the hay in the grange is exhausted.’
      • ‘All the crops on the demesne were to be cut, stacked, carried to the manor-house and stored in the grange.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘granary, barn’): from Old French, from medieval Latin granica (villa) ‘grain house or farm’, based on Latin granum ‘grain’.