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 This time, though, he was confronted by a National Park Service ranger. Washington Post, "National Park Service investigates video showing a ranger Tasering a Native American man walking his dog off-trail," 30 Dec. 2020 In 1999, Boeing awarded General Electric Co. an exclusive contract to power newer, longer-ranger versions of the 777 with its GE90 engines and eventually phased out the Pratt offering. Alan Levin, Fortune, "Authorities in U.S. and Japan ground Boeing 777s after engine explodes over Denver," 22 Feb. 2021 The giant male croc was caught in the Flora River at a remote nature park on Friday, about 75 miles southwest of the Outback town of Katherine, said Katherine senior wildlife ranger, John Burke. Fox News, "Australian rangers trap 770-pound crocodile near Outback tourist spot," 31 Aug. 2020 She's been a park ranger at Grand Canyon for seven years, conducting river and backcountry patrols and monitoring the campgrounds. Jamie Quatro, Travel + Leisure, "Hiking the Grand Canyon From Rim-to-Rim Is a Bucket-List Adventure," 4 Mar. 2021 Despite the closure, there are plenty of other places to spot the whales on their southern sojourn from arctic Alaskan waters to the shallow lagoons of Baja California, said Carlo Arreglo, a Point Reyes park ranger. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "With classic lookouts closed, here are the best Bay Area spots to catch migrating gray whales," 2 Jan. 2021 The home with a better view went to a park superintendent at $232 a month while a park ranger paid $499 for the other one. Los Angeles Times, "Million-dollar views, cheap rent and allegations of favoritism at California state parks," 11 Dec. 2020 The area is closed to the public, a park ranger said, because of the construction and heavy equipment. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, "Tohono O'odham protest at border wall site ends in standoff, scuffle," 22 Sep. 2020 At Myrtle Beach State Park, go on a sea patrol with a ranger, help clean up the public beach, smash sandcastles, and clear out paths for the turtle hatchlings. Sucheta Rawal, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Spot Wildlife in South Carolina," 26 Feb. 2021

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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