rang·​er | \ ˈrān-jər How to pronounce ranger (audio) \

Definition of ranger

1a : the keeper of a British royal park or forest
2 : one that ranges
3a : one of a body of organized armed men who range over a region especially to enforce the law
b : a soldier specially trained in close-range fighting and in raiding tactics

Examples of ranger in a Sentence

She's now a ranger at a national forest in Montana. We were fortunate enough to get a tour from a ranger when we visited Yellowstone National Park.
Recent Examples on the Web The ranger did not mention that Borglum had ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Mount Rushmore: Isn't it time to talk about its Native American history?​​​​​​​," 14 July 2020 Prior to that, at one-fifteen (the time when I was almost born but my head went back in), all the park rangers will be lining up to deliver the traditional park-ranger birthday salute. Cara Devins, The New Yorker, "Announcement: My Birthday Is Cancelled This Year," 10 July 2020 But the sudden loss of visitors in the parks, where their presence helps deter poachers, has hampered ranger operations. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "Pandemic-induced poaching surges in Uganda," 9 July 2020 In the Santa Cruz Mountains, 137 trail camps could open as early as next Wednesday, a ranger said; those would include ones at Big Basin Redwoods, Castle Rock, Portola Redwoods and Butano state parks. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Hike-in campsites reopening around the Bay Area," 7 July 2020 Ann Malys Wilson, interpretative ranger at Myrtle Beach State Park, told the Packet that starfish are Lined Sea Stars. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Thousands of Starfish Wash up on South Carolina Beaches," 1 July 2020 Sweeney said that the incident occurred about a tenth of a mile from a ranger station, so rangers were able to respond quickly. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Encounter with mother otter at California national park sends visitor to the hospital," 30 June 2020 The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, the Colter Bay Visitor Center on Jackson Lake, and the ranger station and welcome center at Jenny Lake were opening Tuesday, park officials announced Monday. USA TODAY, "Spiking numbers, opening venues, guarding beaches: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 In researching the ranger, Johnson also discovered Young’s friendship with W.E.B. DuBois. Nneka M. Okona, Condé Nast Traveler, "How African American Soldiers Shaped the First National Parks," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of ranger

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Ranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranger. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ranger

: a person in charge of managing and protecting part of a public forest
: a person in charge of managing and protecting part of a national park
: a soldier in the U.S. Army who has special training especially in fighting at close range


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2 : a soldier specially trained in close-range fighting

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