for·​est·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce forester (audio) , ˈfär- \

Definition of forester

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person trained in forestry
2 : an inhabitant of a forest
3 : any of various noctuid woodland moths (subfamily Agaristinae)
4 capitalized : a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order


biographical name
For·​es·​ter | \ ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce Forester (audio) , ˈfär- \

Definition of Forester (Entry 2 of 2)

C(ecil) S(cott) 1899–1966 British writer

Examples of forester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Petty advises everyone with a tree on their property to consult a forester or arborist, and ensure their trees remain healthy. Juhi Varma, Chron, "Beware of zombies lurking in your yard, says Houston tree expert," 28 Oct. 2020 The state forester said Utah could be doing much more. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah sets record for human-caused fires, as forester asks for an extra $28 million to fight the blazes," 17 Sep. 2020 Heather Berklund, the chief state forester of the DNR, said the episodes are a great way to show off Wisconsin's 17 million acres of forestland. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin to be featured in 'America's Forests,' hosted by Rolling Stones' keyboard player Chuck Leavell," 19 Oct. 2020 Goats are good for vegetation control for a lot of reasons, said Brian Knox, president of Sustainable Resource Management Inc. and supervising forester for Eco-Goats. Angela Roberts,, "Group of goats used to tame overgrown hill in Baltimore’s Wyman Park Dell," 16 Oct. 2020 City forester Cathy Justice said the city Parks and Recreation Department has planted 6,500 trees this year — more than 3,300 of them in parks, on city properties and through the neighborhood tree program. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio aims to plant 20,000 trees to fight climate change — do your part," 10 Oct. 2020 Prior to becoming state forester, Fox was director of conservation forestry for the Arkansas office of the Nature Conservancy. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "A state in a forest," 10 Oct. 2020 Utah’s state forester told lawmakers last week that the Beehive State is experiencing one of its worst fire years on record. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Wildfire forces evacuations in Beaver County," 22 Sep. 2020 Orlando Carroll, timber sales supervising forester for the BIA in partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s forestry department, said the tribe has cut timber for more than 100 years. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "As fires rage across the West, White Mountain Apache forests show a balance of tradition, economy," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of forester


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forester


Middle English forster, forester, from Anglo-French forester, from forest

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“Forester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forester

: a person whose job is to take care of forests by planting trees, cutting down trees, etc.

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