Origin and Etymology of foray
Middle English forrayen, from Anglo-French forreyer, foreer, probably back-formation from *forrier, *forreour forager, raider, from fuerre, foer provender — more at forage
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of foray
: a sudden invasion or attack
: an attempt to do something especially for the first time
: a short journey
Full Definition of foray
1 : a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils : raid
2 : a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere <the novelist's foray into nonfiction>
Examples of foray in a sentence
a foray into enemy territory
We made a quick foray into town for some supplies.
Did You Know?
Foray comes from Middle English forrayen and probably traces back to an Anglo-French word that meant "raider" or "forager." It's related to the word forage, which usually means "to wander in search of food or forage." A foray, in its earliest sense, was a raid for plunder. Relatively recently, foray began to take on a broader meaning. In a sense, a foray is still a trip into a foreign territory. These days, though, looting and plundering needn't be involved in a foray. When you take a foray, you dabble in an area, occupation, or pastime that's new to you.
First Known Use of foray
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