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.

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Indigenous groups suffered the worst losses, and nonindigenous lawyers, journalists, activists, park rangers and others were killed as well. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Environmental Activists Have Higher Death Rates Than Some Soldiers," 5 Aug. 2019 The family pleaded with the rangers and the police for mercy. Los Angeles Times, "In a battle over land, a Brazilian homestead is demolished," 2 Aug. 2019 Park rangers and Billings County paramedics treated the girl at the scene until the victim could be taken by helicopter to a Bismarck hospital. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Another tourist injured by bison at a national park; second such incident in a week," 29 July 2019 Search and rescue members, including sheriff's deputies, K9's, park rangers, and a helicopter have been deployed in the Mojave Desert as part of the team looking for Thomas. Fox News, "Search for bikini-clad woman in Mojave Desert expands with off-road vehicles," 18 July 2019 State rangers and lifeguards responded to reports of the crash about 3:20 p.m. Saturday and found the 18-year-old not breathing, park officials said. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "18-year-old dies in off-road accident at Oceano Dunes, the 6th death there this year," 15 July 2019 Think of the backwoods ranger and Minuteman, the Confederate cavalry officer, the flying ace of World War I, the commando, the Green Beret and SEAL. John F. Ross, WSJ, "‘The Crowded Hour’ Review: San Juan Hill and Beyond," 4 June 2019 Christine Hoyer, a ranger and backcountry management specialist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Less than 48 hours after Cyclone Idai struck, hundreds of Gorongosapark rangers and other staff fanned out to rescue local villagers, bring food and medical aid. National Geographic, "Children living near national parks are healthier, more prosperous," 3 Apr. 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of ranger

2 : a soldier specially trained in close-range fighting

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