One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British usually in names A country house with farm buildings attached.‘Biddulph Grange’
- ‘Murton Grange is a spick-and-span farmstead all in white.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Olivia mourns like Mariana in the moated grange - richly, and with repeated Victorian rituals.’
- ‘They may have staged her stay at the grange with the intention of providing him the opportunity to carry out his sinister plan.’
- 1.1historical An outlying farm with tithe barns, belonging to a monastery or feudal lord.
smallholding, holding, farmstead, steading, plantation, estateView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- 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.’
- ‘All the crops on the demesne were to be cut, stacked, carried to the manor-house and stored in the grange.’
- ‘People and cattle then remain at the montagnette until the hay in the grange is exhausted.’
2the Grange(in the US) a farmers' association organized in 1867. The Grange sponsors social activities, community service, and political lobbying.Officially called the Patrons of Husbandry
- ‘The members of the Grange had recently realized that the seeds from the hybrid plants common on farms and in gardens uptime wouldn't produce the same plants in the next generation.’
- ‘Among those who remained in the Grange, no doubt, many cast votes in 1896 that helped to elect a Populist governor and to carry the state for Bryan.’
- ‘Once you let them form organizations like the Grange, you're asking for trouble.’
- ‘He enjoyed little success at first, but beginning in 1869 the Grange grew rapidly.’
- ‘One-fourth of all the unmarried young people interviewed in Connecticut were members of the Grange.’
- 2.1US A local Grange lodge.
- ‘Is there a firehouse, grange hall, or other facility you could use temporarily?’
- ‘He connected EPI to the union halls, community centers, granges, and other places where he constantly met with people attempting to create an America in which everyone has work and that works for everyone.’
- ‘Members of the local Grange were outraged, however, and demanded a separate college.’
- ‘As secretary of the group, Kelley set out to form local granges.’
- ‘What is often most considered the American poem can seem a resolution from a grange meeting of farmers mechanically bent to sweep aside obstacles to better production, a voice of conviction and utilitarian reach.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘granary, barn’): from Old French, from medieval Latin granica (villa) ‘grain house or farm’, based on Latin granum ‘grain’.
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