One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Spanish America and the western US) a small Indian settlement.
community, colony, outpost, encampmentView synonyms
- ‘They are the direct result of Jesuit consolidation of the dispersed population from over eighty rancherias into eight mission towns by the 17th century.’
- ‘Architectural accents from a variety of periods enhance the notion of a sprawling rancheria evolving and expanding through the decade.’
- ‘Once it was primarily home to mission rancherias and then to small truck farms.’
Spanish, from rancho (see ranch).
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