Meaning of rancherie


Pronunciation: (ran'chu-rē), [key]
— n. Canadian.
  1. an Indian village or settlement, esp. one located on a reserve.
  2. any one of the large rectangular cedar buildings erected by Pacific Coast Indians for communal living and ceremonial purposes.
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