wood·land | \ˈwu̇d-lənd, -ˌland\

Definition of woodland 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: land covered with woody vegetation : timberland, forest



Definition of woodland (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : growing, living, or existing in woodland

2 : of, relating to, or being woodland


geographical name
Wood·land | \ˈwu̇d-lənd \

Definition of Woodland (Entry 3 of 3)

city in western California northwest of Sacramento population 55,468

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woodlander \ˈwu̇d-lən-dər, -ˌlan- \ noun

Synonyms for woodland

Synonyms: Noun

forest, forestland, timber, timberland, wood(s)

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Examples of woodland in a Sentence


The swamp was surrounded by dense woodland. the house is perched atop a hill amid a stretch of dense woodland

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trails snake from the property, up and over limestone cliffs and into the surrounding woodlands and pastures. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "You're Going to Want the Cake Kalk E-Dirt Bike," 25 June 2018 The concept depicts several woodland animals playing in a band. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Volunteers hard at work with design of Burbank Rose Parade float," 23 May 2018 Gary Yarmie of Oshawa, Ottawa was cruising with a pack of 18 other riders along Oregon 62 around 10 a.m. when the woodland animal ran into the middle of the highway near Prospect in Jackson County, police said. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Oregon deer kills Canadian man riding with motorcycle pack in Jackson County, police say," 15 May 2018 There is a glow-in-the-dark woodland animal and a velvet painting of an exotic bird. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Hotel Lincoln's Wall of Bad Art: 'You are looking at awesomeness'," 3 May 2018 Many tent-dwellers disappeared into nearby woodlands and fields when several dozen firefighters and police officers showed up in the early morning to clear the camp in the Roseland section of town. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, "North Bay homeless camp that grew after wildfires is cleared," 19 Apr. 2018 Another part of the festival, held April 21 and 22, included three hanging terrariums displaying artistic representations of three Illinois ecosystems — a bog, a woodland and a ravine. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Garden festival gives hands-on experience to horticultural science fans," 26 Apr. 2018 Plant these beauties in a woodland or cottage garden. Sunset, "Top 10 Critter-Resistant Plants," 22 Jan. 2018 Located on a pastoral urban woodland half the size of Central Park, the huge campus will be designed by Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, best known for the Tate Modern in London. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Why Nicolas Berggruen is Creating an Institute for Geniuses," 11 May 2016

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First Known Use of woodland


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of woodland was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of woodland

: land covered with trees and bushes


wood·land | \ˈwu̇d-lənd, -ˌland\

Kids Definition of woodland

: land covered with trees and shrubs : forest

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