Definition of grange in English:



usually in names
  • 1British A country house with farm buildings attached.

    ‘Biddulph Grange’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the heart of the grange were farm buildings, paddocks, gardens, granaries, industrial areas and workshops, and a chapel.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1historical An outlying farm with tithe barns belonging to a monastery or feudal lord.
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Some monastic granges had particular functions, for example as agrarian farms, sheep farms, cattle ranches, horse studs, or industrial workings.’
      smallholding, holding, farmstead, steading, grange, plantation, estate
    2. 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.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘granary, barn’): from Old French, from medieval Latin granica (villa) ‘grain house or farm’, based on Latin granum ‘grain’.