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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The change is linked to a Department of Natural Resources decision to remove law enforcement credentials from park rangers and instead have wardens provide more coverage in state parks. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 After the eagle was found last month, Maryland Natural Resources police officer Eric Pike called in park ranger Katy Barger. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "A once-weakened bald eagle is released four days after the Fourth," 10 July 2018 Park rangers have found four furry cougar kittens living with their mother in the Simi Hills — the first den authorities have found in a small patch of terrain between the Santa Susana and Santa Monica mountain ranges, officials said. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Meet the four blue-eyed mountain lion kittens living in the Simi Hills," 19 June 2018 Park rangers feared that the asphalt covering the root systems of the trees could damage them. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Yosemite reopens giant sequoia grove after three-year restoration project," 19 June 2018 Troopers and state parks rangers responded to the area around 3 p.m. Saturday for a report of a boating accident with serious injuries. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage man charged with manslaughter in fatal Mat-Su boating collision," 10 June 2018 Park rangers along with search and rescue immediately responded after numerous 911 calls, said Richards. Deanna Hackney, CNN, "Two climbers fall to their deaths at Yosemite National Park," 2 June 2018 For a more passive exploration, park rangers offer 2-hour boat tours daily, late June through early September. Julie H. Case, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oregon’s volcanic byway offers views of where lava shaped the land," 22 May 2018 The combat uniforms used by the Cameroonian army in such circumstances are standard combat suits, namely heavy helmets, bulletproof vests and rangers' boots. Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Fox News, "Cameroon calls video showing women shot dead propaganda," 13 July 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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