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 But the tool is not a substitute for an on-the-ground site assessment by a professional forester or fire personnel, according to the website’s disclaimer. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2021 San Diego city forester Brian Widener did not respond to a request for comment. Rob Vardon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2021 The rainy and windy weather around Ohio over the past week may have lessened the fall color, but there are still pockets of color to enjoy this season, David Parrott, a fall color forester, said on the department's update. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 30 Oct. 2021 Dress for the outdoors and bring your smartphone from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 for a free Woodland Wednesdays program with Alan Siewert, urban forester, for an overview of the arboretum and an introduction to an online map of the tree species. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 18 Oct. 2021 Brian Mattos was the forester for Yosemite National Park for more than two decades. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 An urban forester will be at the event to help people select appropriate trees. Cecilia Lenzen, Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021 As the forester for Cal Fire in Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties, he’s tasked with recording the GPS locations where contractors can later harvest the seed-bearing vessels. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 The perimeter of that fire, which is farther north in the Sierra Nevada, has grown to 800 miles, said Tony Scardina, the U.S. Forest Service's deputy regional forester for California. CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021

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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 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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