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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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 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

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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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