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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The other incident involved a bear that was previously tagged and relocated out of north Boulder in 2015, and behaved aggressively when confronted by rangers when encountered once again near Oak Avenue in north Boulder on July 2. Charlie Brennan, The Denver Post, "Two bears put down by wildlife officials in Boulder County over weekend," 20 Aug. 2019 Tools and paint will be provided by San Diego County Parks rangers. Ramona Sentinel, "Volunteers invited to join Holly Oaks Park fence repair, cleanup," 7 Aug. 2019 The injured teenager was treated by park rangers and paramedics until she was taken to a local hospital via helicopter. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "17-year-old girl gored by bison at national park in North Dakota," 30 July 2019 While filming in the park, we were chaperoned by a ranger. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "No One Should Ever Be Injured by a Bison," 25 July 2019 His death is being investigated by Orange County parks rangers. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach man identified as swimmer who died after being lifted from water off Laguna," 15 July 2019 Whether you're bound for the Smoky Mountains or Yellowstone, here's a piece of advice to keep in mind: Park rangers know best. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Three Tips Park Rangers Wish You Knew Before You Visit," 9 July 2019 Park rangers also offer guided hikes all summer long. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 This year’s snowpack in the Tuolumne River watershed, as of April 1, was 176 percent of a normal year, according to sensors verified by wilderness rangers. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite to open Tioga Road Friday," 20 June 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


rang·​er | \ ˈrān-jər How to pronounce ranger (audio) \

Kids Definition of ranger

2 : a soldier specially trained in close-range fighting

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