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 Two nights later, a group consisting of Tubbs, Ferguson and, federal prosecutors claim, a midwife named Josephine Overaker drove to a second ranger station near a town called Oakridge. New York Times, 26 May 2022 Nearly three months later, McGrath received a phone call from a wildlife ranger in North Carolina. Elizabeth Hightower Allen, Outside Online, 19 May 2022 Evan Nelson ran up to the Forest Service concession area in the parking lot, called 9-1-1 and returned with a park ranger and a rope with a life ring. Quinton Smith/yachatsnews.com, oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 Officers responded to a call about a possible assault on a park ranger at Riverview Park in Mesa. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 Actress Gianna Jun plays a park ranger in the Korean TV drama Jirisan. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The animator opens up about going to infinity and beyond (again) with Chris Evans' space ranger. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 11 May 2022 His body has not yet been recovered as authorities will rely on a ranger patrol that's adapted to high altitude to facilitate the effort. Paradise Afshar, CNN, 7 May 2022 Denali National Park and Preserve officials said Rimml's body will not be recovered until ranger patrol can properly acclimate to the high altitude to do so. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ranger

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

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26 Jun 2022

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“Ranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranger. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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Kids Definition of ranger

2 : a soldier specially trained in close-range fighting


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