[ fawr-ist, for- ]
/ ˈfɔr ɪst, ˈfɒr- /


a large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland.
the trees on such a tract: to cut down a forest.
a tract of wooded grounds in England formerly belonging to the sovereign and set apart for game.
a thick cluster of vertical objects: a forest of church spires.

verb (used with object)

to supply or cover with trees; convert into a forest.

Origin of forest

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin forestis (silva) an unenclosed wood (as opposed to a park), derivative of Latin forīs outside. Cf. foreign


1 Forest, grove, wood refer to an area covered with trees. A forest is an extensive area, preserving some or all of its primitive wildness and usually having game or wild animals in it: Sherwood Forest; the Black Forest. A grove is a group or cluster of trees, usually not very large in area and cleared of underbrush. It is usually tended or cultivated: a shady grove; a grove of pines; an orange grove; a walnut grove. Woods (or a wood ) resembles a forest but is a smaller tract of land, less wild in character, and generally closer to civilization: lost in the woods; a wood covering several acres.


Definition for forest (2 of 3)

Origin of fore

by construal of fore- as an adj., hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore


for fore four

Definition for forest (3 of 3)

De Forest
[ di fawr-ist, for- ]
/ dɪ ˈfɔr ɪst, ˈfɒr- /


Lee,1873–1961, U.S. inventor of radio, telegraphic, and telephonic equipment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for forest (1 of 4)

/ (ˈfɒrɪst) /



(tr) to create a forest (in); plant with trees

Derived forms of forest

forestal or foresteal (fəˈrɛstɪəl), adjectiveforested, adjectiveforestless, adjectiveforest-like, adjective

Word Origin for forest

C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin forestis unfenced woodland, from Latin foris outside

British Dictionary definitions for forest (2 of 4)

De Forest
/ (də ˈfɒrɪst) /


Lee. 1873–1961, US inventor of telegraphic, telephonic, and radio equipment: patented the first triode valve (1907)

British Dictionary definitions for forest (3 of 4)

Word Origin for fore

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura

British Dictionary definitions for forest (4 of 4)

/ (fɔː) /


(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot

Word Origin for fore

C19: probably short for before
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Scientific definitions for forest

[ fôrĭst ]

A growth of trees covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.
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Idioms and Phrases with forest (1 of 2)


see can't see the forest for the trees.

Idioms and Phrases with forest (2 of 2)


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