Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large estate or cattle ranch in Spanish America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large rural estate; a kind of ranch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grazing farm; a country house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mansion; a dwelling; an establishment; in Spanish America, a landed estate; a domain.

Etymologies

Spanish, room, enclosure, country estate, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, something standing, from Latin stāns, stant-, present participle of stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The estancia was a snug little place, amply watered by a river lying some miles above the last port where the small river-steamer called.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • Another curious thing in the estancia was a large room set apart for the display of trophies sent from Buenos Ayres by the Minister's eldest son.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • One or other of the party at Canterbury, as the three Englishmen had called their estancia, very frequently dropped in for a talk, and Mr. Hardy and the boys often rode over there when work was done, Canterbury was also a young settlement -- only four or five months, indeed, older than Mount

    On the Pampas

  • We envision a future where we will sit on the veranda of our "estancia" farm or ranch house, sipping one of our Malbec wines, looking out at our vineyard and saying: "This is la vida buena ."

    Moving to Argentina

  • A trip to a country "estancia" to eat more beef and dance with the gauchos.

    Lea Lane: Up from Antarctica: Cape Horn, Chilean Fjords, Uruguayan Riviera, Patagonia -- and a Magical Eclipse (Part 4)

  • They were piled like a mountain in the roomy "estancia".

    Renovating our Morelia house

  • I sat down alone in one of the chairs we had unpacked in the "estancia".

    Renovating our Morelia house

  • Conforme al precepto citado, en el Artículo 42 del decreto General de la Población, se describe el estatus de visitante no inmigrante, quien puede extender su estancia por más de cuatro períodos de entradas y salidas múltiples.

    Vehicle Law for FM2/FM3 cars

  • I. Podrán ausentarse del país hasta dieciocho meses en forma continua o con intermitencias dentro de sus cinco años de estancia;

    FM2 vs. FM3

  • According to the estancia, this part of Argentina is renowned for having the best dove hunting in the world.

    High Plains Drifting

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