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  1. forest ranger.
  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

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

rover, wanderer, policeman, soldier, warden, policewoman, trooper

Examples from the Web for ranger

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


  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 forestBrit equivalent: warden
  3. US one of a body of armed troops employed to police a State or districta 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



Ranger Guide

  1. British a member of the senior branch of the Guides


  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
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper