[ fawr-uh-stree, for- ]
/ ˈfɔr ə stri, ˈfɒr- /


the science of planting and taking care of trees and forests.
the process of establishing and managing forests; forestation.

Nearby words

  1. forester,
  2. forester, c. s.,
  3. forestial,
  4. forestick,
  5. forestland,
  6. forestville,
  7. foreswear,
  8. foretaste,
  9. foretell,
  10. forethought

Origin of forestry

From the Middle French word foresterie, dating back to 1685–95. See forest, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forestry


/ (ˈfɒrɪstrɪ) /


the science of planting and caring for trees
the planting and management of forests
rare forest land
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Word Origin and History for forestry



1690s, "privilege of a royal forest," from Old French foresterie, from forest (see forest). Meaning "science of managing forests" is from 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for forestry


[ fôrĭ-strē ]

The scientific study of the cultivation, maintenance, and management of forests.
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