Definition of rancheria in English:

rancheria

noun

  • (in Spanish America and the western US) a small Indian settlement.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are the direct result of Jesuit consolidation of the dispersed population from over eighty rancherias into eight mission towns by the 17th century.’
    community, colony, outpost, encampment
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Origin

Spanish, from rancho (see ranch).

Pronunciation

rancheria

/ˌrɑːn(t)ʃəˈriːə/