for·est·er | \ˈfȯr-ə-stər, 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, ˈfär-\

Definition of Forester (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Mostly in private hands, 10 percent of the region had burned in a series of forest fires, according to forester David Govatski. Washington Post, "‘People’s forest’ marks 100 years, seeks new connections," 16 May 2018 The tree cutting was a gift to Fred Pittenger by the conservationist Emil Grandjean, one of Idaho’s first foresters. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Idaho's largest sequoia was uprooted, moved in Boise last June. It likes its new home," 25 June 2018 The village forester helped choose the variety of tree that would grow best in the location. Kimberly Fornek,, "Family of Andrea Urban, who was stabbed to death in her Hinsdale home, donates bench and tree in her memory," 21 May 2018 Mersereau went to Mecklenburg to meet with a local historian and retired forester named Jürgen Lutt-mann. Berthold Steinhilber, Smithsonian, "The Lost Maidens of Berlin," 24 May 2018 That number ballooned to 56 percent in 2017 and is projected to account for 67 percent by 2021, agency officials said at a recent meeting of foresters, forestry scientists and wildfire experts in Portland. Kale Williams,, "Oregon senators help secure wildfire funding 'fix' in federal spending package," 21 Mar. 2018 Across Warsaw there were other rallies Saturday, including the annual pro-EU Schuman Parade and a march of about 250 farmers, foresters and hunters angry at environmentalists. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Poles march to denounce government, erosion of democracy," 12 May 2018 Professional foresters work with owners to make money off the land to pay taxes and upkeep. Jason Nark,, "Nonprofit purchases 32K-plus acres of forest in Western Pa.," 30 May 2018 The disease has captured the imaginations and sparked the fears of these foresters, some of whom have spent the past several years conducting scientific studies on the infected trees. James F. Mccarty,, "Newly discovered microscopic worm species eyed as potential cause of beech leaf disease," 3 May 2018

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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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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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