rang·​er | \ ˈrān-jər \

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.

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At this point, he's soaked in blood and the ranger is desperately shaking him, but our fave redhead is just lying there, eyes open, unmoving. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Archie Really Die On "Riverdale"'s Mid-Season Premiere?," 17 Jan. 2019 Park rangers had to use helicopters and rock climbing techniques to recover their bodies. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A Married Couple Died After Falling 800 Feet at Yosemite National Park," 30 Oct. 2018 The river guide has plenty of stories as does the fly shop owner and the national park ranger. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 Sholly’s father, Dan, was the chief ranger at Yellowstone from 1985-1998. Amy Beth Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Yellowstone superintendent won’t consider visitor caps," 23 Oct. 2018 Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore rangers at 231-334-3710. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Family needs help finding teddy bear lost at Sleeping Bear Dunes," 28 June 2018 Some parks have closed, which leaves campers with reservations having to look for last-minute alternative vacations while other campgrounds are dealing with the consequences of too many people and not enough rangers and staff to care for them. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Trash Is Piling Up at National Parks Due to the Government Shutdown," 28 Dec. 2018 Spend a full day with your ranger in the vehicle for a stupendous and exciting safari. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 The next: August 25, 2014. Tent-train your family:The North Face's Camping 101 program sends newbies out overnight with rangers and donated equipment. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Latinas Making Change: Marisa Aurora Quiroz," 9 July 2014

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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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