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


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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

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As a forester, Joseph Hosey comes across snakes pretty much every day. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "'Huge' rattlesnake's loud warning to Mississippi man goes viral," 30 July 2018 Before Purdue, Purcell was Indianapolis' city forester for eight years. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: ​​​​​​​Tree-killing practices exposed," 2 Mar. 2018 Sunil Tanwar, a Haryana state wildlife inspector, said foresters and birders camped at the wetland since Thursday as temperatures soared to more than 105 degrees, hoping to capture the bird. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "A photo of an Indian bird with its beak shut by a plastic ring went viral. Now he's been rescued.," 13 June 2018 City wide, there are plans to plant 340 new trees in Park Ridge during the month of May, said Joe Hansen, the city’s urban forester. Jennifer Johnson,, "Maine East High School marks Arbor Day with tree climbing, planting of new oak," 28 Apr. 2018 The 65-year-old enlisted Rick Nelms, an Alabama consultant and procurement forester, to squeeze as much as possible from the harvest. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Suppression repair is mainly led by foresters and other Cal Fire officials with a background in managing natural resources. Jonathan J. Cooper, Fox News, "Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it," 15 Aug. 2018 However, George Geissler, the Washington State forester, said that this situation arose from many different causes and is too complicated to blame on any individual or group. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California has 129 million dead trees. That’s a huge wildfire risk.," 1 Sep. 2018 Peter Wohlleben, a professional forester, manages an ancient beech forest for the German municipality of Hümmel, near the Belgian border. Geoff Wisner, WSJ, "‘The Weather Detective’ Review: Answers in the Wind," 27 July 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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: a person whose job is to take care of forests by planting trees, cutting down trees, etc.

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