for·​est·​er ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce forester (audio)
: a person trained in forestry
: an inhabitant of a forest
: any of various noctuid woodland moths (subfamily Agaristinae)
capitalized : a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dave Shaw, OSU Extension forester Is there hope for this Christmas cactus? oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2023 The statewide results are alarming but not surprising to Ryan Tompkins, a forester and natural resources advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Nathan Solisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2023 Robert Hrubes, an SCS Global forester and executive vice president emeritus, reviewed the complaint and mostly agreed. Tanka Dhakal, Journal Sentinel, 5 Sep. 2022 Former President Theodore Roosevelt, a known forester and conservationist, shared his love of the environment by declaring an Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the U.S. in 1907. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Westerman, Congress' lone licensed forester, has been preparing to become chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee since the midterm elections. Alex Thomas, Arkansas Online, 2 Jan. 2023 At times, its flames raced across the landscape at speeds at or beyond what fire behavior models could predict, said Jason Moghaddas, a professional forester with Spatial Informatics Group, who lost his own home to the fire. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2022 These were just some of the dividends, said Mr. Karki, the community forester, of the decades of work put in by him and his compatriots. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2022 But this year’s foliage has expanded outside of its usual range of colors because of a chemical compound known as anthocyanin, city forester Chris McMaster said. Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forester was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


for·​est·​er ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce forester (audio)
: a person who practices or is trained in forestry

Biographical Definition


biographical name

For·​es·​ter ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce Forester (audio)
C(ecil) S(cott) 1899–1966 British writer

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