for·​ay | \ ˈfȯr-ˌā How to pronounce foray (audio) , ˈfär- also fȯ-ˈrā or fə-ˈrā \
plural forays

Definition of foray

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils : raid a foray into enemy territory attempted sneak and surprise forays— D. D. Eisenhower
2 : an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a new or different field or area of activity the novelist's foray into nonfiction Torres spearheaded his family's first foray into international wine production by purchasing land in Chile's Curicó Valley in 1979.— Michael Schachner


forayed; foraying; forays

Definition of foray (Entry 2 of 2)

1 intransitive : to make a raid or brief invasion forayed into enemy territory Nicaraguan troops were foraying along the frontier …— George Russell
2 intransitive : to do or attempt something outside one's accustomed sphere : to enter into a new or different field or area of activity Tesla, known for its high-end electric cars, has forayed into the trucking industry with a Nov. 16 reveal of its latest prototype, the Tesla Semi.— Meagan Nichols
3 transitive, archaic : to ravage in search of spoils : pillage

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forayer noun, plural forayers

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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 commonly means "to wander in search of food (or forage)." Foray, in its earliest sense, referred to a raid for plunder. Relatively recently, foray began to take on a broader meaning. In a sense, foray still refers to 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.

Examples of foray in a Sentence

Noun a foray into enemy territory We made a quick foray into town for some supplies.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For Rosewood’s first foray in Spain, the company hired the Spanish architect Ramón de Arana to revamp a 1972 landmark in the tony residential district of Salamanca. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Indeed, there were only a couple of gowns in sight opening night in the company’s first foray in the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, and a few Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirt outfits. Bill Hirschman, Sun Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 Janelle Monáe’s first foray into literature is science fiction … kind of. Justin J Wee, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The agreement, announced during Apple unveiling on Tuesday of new iPhone, iPad, and Mac products, marks Apple’s first foray into sporting events, one of the few still-lucrative properties in the live television market. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2022 Houston was its first foray into Texas, starting with the Rice Village location that opened in May 2021. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 12 Apr. 2022 An insider told the outlet that following Kardashian's divorce from Kanye West last year, Davidson is the perfect foray back into love and dating. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 5 Jan. 2022 In 2022, reignite your love of travel with Fortune’s picks for an unforgettable first foray back into the world. Adam Erace, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2021 Victoria’s Secret is introducing On Point, a line that mixes athleisure with performance athleticwear—including the brand’s foray back into sports bras. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Alabama conservation officials’ latest update about red snapper fishing includes warning of an ominous outlook for greater amberjack, another popular game fish for anglers who foray into the Gulf of Mexico. al, 3 May 2022 As a mere glimpse into the future, consider British auction house Sotheby’s foray into the metaverse. Falon Fatemi, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 The Tatas’ foray into digital payments means the competition increases for Google Pay, PhonePe, Amazon Pay, Paytm, and others. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 16 Mar. 2022 Dolly Parton is the latest celebrity to make her foray into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Mar. 2022 Lobbyists see financial regulators’ foray into climate-change policy as a first step toward limiting oil-and-gas companies’ access to credit. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 As fate would have it that foray into water polo also caught the eye of Navy recruiters who had come to his school. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 In Somersault, a project motivated by his daughter’s departure from home for university and foray into adulthood, Raymond Meeks explores the frightening unknown from the comfort of his own backyard. Wired Photo Department, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Before the pandemic, there was American tavern District Commons and his first and only foray into counter service with Burger, Tap & Shake. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of foray


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for foray

Verb and Noun

Middle English forrayen, from Anglo-French forreyer, foreer, probably back-formation from *forrier, *forreour forager, raider, from fuerre, foer provender — more at forage

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“Foray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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