AskDefine | Define ranger

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1 a member of the Texas state highway patrol; formerly a mounted lawman who maintained order on the frontier [syn: Texas Ranger]
2 an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest [syn: fire warden, forest fire fighter]
3 a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids [syn: commando]

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From range (verb).


IPA: /'reɪndʒə/


  1. a keeper, guardian, or soldier who ranges over a region to protect the area or enforce the law.




  • lang=fr|/ʀɑ̃ʒe/


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  1. a ranger, one who looks after a region



Extensive Definition

Ranger may mean a keeper, guardian, or soldier who ranges over a region to protect the area or enforce the law ("range" meaning "travel around an area"). In Britain, the term has long been associated with a keeper of a royal forest or park. Likewise, in the US the term has meant a warden employed to maintain and protect a natural area, such as a government forest or park. Since at least the 17th century, the term has had the military meaning of a commando or guerrilla soldier proficient in raids and ambushes. Sports teams have been avid in adopting the mystique of the name.

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For the football (soccer) clubs using "Rangers" in their name see Rangers F.C. (disambiguation)

Gaelic Athletic Association

  • Argideen Rangers, a Gaelic football and hurling club based in Timoleague in County Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • Brickey Rangers GAA, a Gaelic football and hurling club based a few miles outside of Dungarvan, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
  • Carbery Rangers, a Gaelic football club in Rosscarbery in County Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • Crossmaglen Rangers GAC, a Gaelic football, hurling and camogie club from Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • Laune Rangers, a Gaelic football club based in Killorglin, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
  • Nemo Rangers GAA, a Gaelic football club on the southside of Cork, Republic of Ireland

Ice hockey


  • Dandenong Rangers, an Australian Women's Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Melbourne, Australia
  • Ranger (yacht), the yacht which defended the America's Cup in 1937
  • New Cross Rangers, a Speedway team which operated from 1937 until their closure in 1953


  • Broughton Rangers, a British rugby league team
  • Bruin Rangers, a division I collegiate women's rugby team representing the University of California Los Angeles
  • Waitakere Rangers, a franchise in the Bartercard Cup rugby league competition in New Zealand




  • Black Rock Ranger, a volunteer mediator at Burning Man events
  • Blue Sky Rangers, the group of Intellivision game programmers who once worked for Mattel back in the early 1980s
  • Boy Rangers of America, a Scouting program in the United States for boys ages 8 through 12
  • Bush Pioneer (bush ranger), are people who gathered $100,000 for George W. Bush's 2000 or 2004 presidential camp
  • Bushranger (bush ranger), were outlaws in the early years of the European settlement of Australia
  • Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger, one of the main characters in the Toy Story films, series and related properties.
  • Colorado Ranger, a breed of horse that traces back to the founding stallions of the breed
  • Earth Rangers, a registered non-profit organization located in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, nonprofit partner of the Dillon Ranger District, a district of the White River National Forest within the U.S. Forest Service
  • Lawn Rangers, a precision lawn mower drill team from Arcola, Illinois
  • Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas Ranger), an evergreen shrub in the plantago family Plantaginaceae
  • Operation Ranger, the fourth American nuclear test series
  • Ranger (Girl Guide), a section of the Girl Guiding programme
  • Ranger (ride), an amusement park ride
  • Ranger Award, Venturing's highest award
  • Ranger Suite, is a suite of software products designed for the education sector by Sentinel Products Ltd.
  • Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory, Australia
  • Ranger's Toad, a species of toad in the Bufonidae family
  • Rhone Rangers, a group of winemakers who promote the use of grape varieties from the Rhône Valley
  • Road Ranger, an American corporation whose primary business is operating convenience stores and travel centers
  • Royal Rangers, a Christian youth movement
  • Sloane Ranger, referred originally to the young, upper class and upper-middle-class men and women living in West London
  • Texas Rangers (architects), a group of architects who taught at the University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin, Te
ranger in German: Ranger
ranger in Spanish: Ranger
ranger in Indonesian: Jagawana
ranger in Italian: Ranger
ranger in French: Ranger
ranger in Japanese: レンジャー
ranger in Portuguese: Ranger
ranger in Turkish: Ranger
ranger in Chinese: 遊騎兵

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Audubon Society, Gurkhas, National Wildlife Service, SS, Sierra Club, Special Forces, Waffen-SS, air warden, arboriculturist, attendant, caretaker, castellan, conservationist, conservator, curator, custodian, deliverer, elite corps, elite troops, forest ranger, forester, game warden, gamekeeper, governor, guardian, guardian angel, guardsmen, janitor, keeper, lifeguard, lifesaver, logger, lumberjack, lumberman, marines, next friend, paratroops, preservationist, preserver, prochein ami, rescuer, safekeeper, saver, savior, shepherd, shock troops, silviculturist, special troops, steward, storm troops, taxidermist, timberman, tree farmer, warden, warder, wood chopper, woodcraftsman, woodcutter, woodman, woodsman
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