[fawr-uh-ster, for-]
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  1. a person who is expert in forestry.
  2. an officer having responsibility for the maintenance of a forest.
  3. forest ranger.
  4. Zoology. an animal of the forest.
  5. a large, gray kangaroo, Macropus canguru.
  6. any moth of the family Agaristidae, typically black with two yellowish or whitish spots on each wing.

Origin of forester

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English word from Old French word forestier. See forest, -er2


[fawr-uh-ster, for-]
  1. C(ecil) S(cott),1899–1966, English novelist and journalist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for forester

ranger, forester

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Contemporary Examples of forester

  • Forester says that Gardner would have already been gearing up for a night on the town, not looking at fish.

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Historical Examples of forester

British Dictionary definitions for forester


  1. a person skilled in forestry or in charge of a forest
  2. any of various Old World moths of the genus Ino, characterized by brilliant metallic green wings: family Zygaenidae
  3. a person or animal that lives in a forest
  4. (capital) a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters, a friendly society


  1. C (ecil) S (cott) 1899–1966, English novelist; creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower in a series of novels on the Napoleonic Wars
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Word Origin and History for forester

late 13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French forestier "forest ranger, forest-dweller" (also, as an adjective, "wild, rough, coarse, unsociable"), from forest (see forest (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper