Definition of estancia in English:



  • A cattle ranch in Latin America or the southern US.

    • ‘In the 1990s, it was estimated that cattle and sheep estancias, or farms, took up four-fifths of the country's land.’
    • ‘In the rural areas, however, many workers on the estancias wear at least part of the gaucho costume - a wide-brimmed hat and loose trousers tucked into the boots - as part of their outfit.’
    • ‘The next thing we knew she was giving us a lift into town, negotiating a hotel for us and finding an estancia, or ranch, that we could stay at.’
    • ‘The estancia is also an authentic polo pony breeding and training ranch.’
    • ‘Word is quickly spreading about the charm of Patagonia's estancias, and with most farms containing only two or three guest rooms, reservations are a must.’
    • ‘The estancia, the large plot of land devoted to livestock raising has been - and probably still is - a stereotypical image of Argentine rural life and society.’
    • ‘Simple hunting of wild cattle eventually gave way to herding of semi-domesticated animals in organized estancias.’
    • ‘At a remote estancia, you'll drink Argentinian Malbec wine and eat lamb roasted over an open pit.’
    • ‘There are currently 31 estancias in Santa Cruz open to tourists, ranging from refurbished, luxury lodges that fetch up to $400 a night to more humble dwellings that conserve the austere style of its original occupants.’
    • ‘The reason is that a very few powerful families monopolize most of the land in enormous estancias and are satisfied to use it inadequately, usually for extensive livestock grazing.’
    • ‘Devaluation in the country means that staying in a private estancia costs 30% less than it did a year ago, he adds.’
    • ‘It's mid-afternoon at an estancia on the edge of the Argentine pampas.’
    • ‘As one juror remarked, this space, with its stone walls, beamed ceiling, and antique maple chopping block, brings a South American estancia to mind.’


Mid 17th century from Spanish, literally ‘station’, from medieval Latin stantia, based on Latin stare ‘to stand’.