Origin of ranger

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at range, -er1
Related formsun·der·rang·er, noun
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Contemporary Examples of ranger

Historical Examples of ranger

  • 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.


    Robert Rogers

  • The sheriff, like the good boomer that he was, interrupted the ranger's reply.

  • Conditions between Helen and the ranger were now precisely reversed.

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

British Dictionary definitions for ranger



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



Ranger Guide


British a member of the senior branch of the Guides




any of a series of nine American lunar probes launched between 1961 and 1965, three of which transmitted to earth photographs of the moon
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Word Origin and History for ranger

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).

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