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ranger

[reyn-jer] /ˈreɪn dʒər/
noun
2.
one of a body of armed guards who patrol a region.
3.
(initial capital letter) a U.S. soldier in World War II specially trained for making surprise raids and attacks in small groups.
Compare commando (def 1).
4.
a soldier specially trained in the techniques of guerrilla warfare, especially in jungle terrain.
5.
a person who ranges or roves.
6.
(especially in Texas) a member of the state police.
7.
British. a keeper of a royal forest or park.
8.
Building Trades. wale1 (def 5).
9.
(initial capital letter) one of a series of instrumented U.S. space probes launched in the 1960s that transmitted closeup pictures of the moon before impacting the lunar surface.
Origin of ranger
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at range, -er1
Related forms
underranger, noun
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Examples from the Web for ranger
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  • He was ranger, as I said, to a great lord; and was quite a favourite, you see.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He kept his Journals, and they clearly reveal how much of a ranger he was.

    Ponteach Robert Rogers
  • To this the ranger made no reply, but a sense of loss filled his heart.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • But it was through her bearing that she appealed most strongly to the ranger and the coroner.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • He smiled, and the sheriff smiled, but it was not so funny to the ranger.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for ranger

ranger

/ˈreɪndʒə/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) an official in charge of a forest, park, estate, nature reserve, etc
2.
(mainly US) a person employed to patrol a State or national park or forest Brit equivalent warden
3.
(US) one of a body of armed troops employed to police a State or district: a Texas Ranger
4.
(in the US and certain other armies) a commando specially trained in making raids
5.
a person who wanders about large areas of country; a rover

Ranger1

/ˈreɪndʒə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a member of the senior branch of the Guides

Ranger2

/ˈreɪndʒə/
noun
1.
any of a series of nine American lunar probes launched between 1961 and 1965, three of which transmitted to earth photographs of the moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ranger
n.

late 14c., "gamekeeper," agent noun from range (v.)). Attested from 1660s in sense of "man (often mounted) who polices an area." The elite U.S. combat unit is attested from 1942 (organized 1941).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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