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for·​est ˈfȯr-əst How to pronounce forest (audio)
often attributive
: a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract
A fire destroyed acres of forest.
forests of pine and mahogany
: a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game
: something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness
a forest of microphones
a kelp forest
a forest of skyscrapers
forestal adjective
or forestial
fə-ˈre-stē-əl How to pronounce forest (audio)
forested adjective


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forested; foresting; forests

transitive verb

: to cover with trees or forest
land densely forested with firs
forestation noun

Examples of forest in a Sentence

Noun Fires destroyed acres of forest. the endless forest that the first European settlers encountered
Recent Examples on the Web
At that time, the region was covered in freshwater lakes, temperate forests, and fiery volcanoes., 3 July 2024 On Swift’s 2021 Evermore artwork, the 14-time Grammy winner is photographed from behind in an autumnal forest, her braided hair falling down the back of a plaid jacket. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 3 July 2024
Smooth granite boulders dot the river, which flows through a canyon lushly forested with oversize palm trees. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 10 June 2024 Bhutan is more than 70 percent forested and is the first carbon-negative country in the world, making hikes and wildlife spotting a part of daily life. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for forest 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin forestis (silva) unenclosed (woodland), from Latin foris outside — more at forum

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forest was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area

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