rang·​er | \ˈrān-jər \

Definition of ranger 

1a : the keeper of a British royal park or forest

b : forest ranger

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.

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In Kaibab National Forest, there are no restrictions in the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts south of Grand Canyon. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Some Arizona fire restrictions lifted; forests reopening," 11 July 2018 Addo’s rangers tend to get emotional about their elephants. New York Times, "Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away," 16 June 2018 Sholly is a Gulf War veteran and former member of the California Highway Patrol who previously served as chief ranger of Yosemite National Park. NBC News, "Yellowstone chief says Trump administration forcing him out: 'I feel this is a punitive action'," 8 June 2018 Park officials said the rangers initially responded to reports that a visitor, who was later identified as Privin, had lost his footing after climbing over a railing at a viewpoint near Mather Point. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Illinois man dies in 500-foot fall at Grand Canyon days before starting his dream job as nurse," 10 July 2018 The park is balancing its mission to attract visitors with a need not to be overwhelmed by them, said Mr. Gediman, the ranger. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees," 18 June 2018 The park’s ranger will start the session with a talk on archery safety and proper shooting techniques. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Experience fishing, archery, mountain biking or scorpion hunting at Arizona parks," 25 May 2018 The body of Greg Miller, 34, was recovered from the park Sunday morning by the Maui Fire Department and Haleakalā National Park rangers, according to a news release. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana man killed by falling rock in Hawaii," 8 May 2018 Wolfe decided to change the way the park rangers acted at Grape Day. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What happened to all the homeless in Escondido's Grape Day Park?," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of ranger

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

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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


rang·​er | \ˈrān-jər \

Kids Definition of ranger

2 : a soldier specially trained in close-range fighting

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