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 Waves are expected to be in the 1 to 3 foot ranger on Tuesday, and sea surface temperatures will remain in the 56 to 58 degree range. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego could get first significant rain in more than a month on Wednesday," 1 Mar. 2021 My brother-in-law was headed to check-in with the park ranger. BostonGlobe.com, "Eat, drink, read, swim, nap, repeat: Island camping at Lake George for 60 years," 14 Apr. 2021 The ranger noted the Patron bottle was empty, the document said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Bruce Springsteen pleads guilty to consuming alcohol in closed area," 24 Feb. 2021 After the ranger moved out last year, Channel Coast District Supt. Los Angeles Times, "Million-dollar views, cheap rent and allegations of favoritism at California state parks," 11 Dec. 2020 After interviewing members of the hiking party about what had occurred the ranger departed, only to return the next day with citations. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Boiling Chickens in Yellowstone’s Hot Springs Is Illegal," 13 Nov. 2020 The responding ranger discovered the group with two chickens in a burlap sack simmering in the hot spring. Sunset Magazine, "Yellowstone Bans Man Who Tried Cooking Chickens in Park’s Hot Springs," 9 Nov. 2020 Mike Vaught, the ranger in charge of investigating crimes in the park. Cara Kelly, USA Today, "He posed as a doctor and a wilderness expert. Behind the facade was an accused child molester.," 22 Oct. 2020 At the Detroit Ranger Station, Schmidgall, who had been sleeping on the floor, woke when the acting ranger at about 1 a.m. pounded on the door and told her to go. Jake Thomas, oregonlive, "Residents recount terrifying descent of wildfire into Santiam Canyon: ‘It was like hot lava'," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of ranger

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

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“Ranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranger. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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