wood·​land | \ ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce woodland (audio) , -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


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Wood·​land | \ ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce Woodland (audio) \

Definition of Woodland (Entry 3 of 3)

city in western California northwest of Sacramento population 55,468

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Other Words from woodland


woodlander \ ˈwu̇d-​lən-​dər How to pronounce woodlander (audio) , -​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

Looking to detox and deplug? 3,000 acres of Connecticut woodland and a 20,000 square-foot spa should do the trick. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "5 Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaways," 22 Aug. 2018 Despite their reputation as woodland creatures, raccoons have made themselves quite at home in North America’s urban areas. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "A raccoon is scaling the side of a tall skyscraper, and it’s incredibly stressful," 12 June 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge’s woodland wilderness garden at #RHSChelsea aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Personally Helped Design the Impressive RHS Back to Nature Garden," 10 Feb. 2019 The setting will be woodland-themed and incorporate the benefits of nature on mental health, the Palace said in a statement. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Serving Looks in an Oscar de la Renta Suit at the Royal Opera House," 16 Jan. 2019 Daniel Whipps’ wife, Betty Walke Whipps, escorted visitors through what has evolved into a woodland garden with clusters of graves marked by weathered and worn stones. Jacques Kelly, Howard County Times, "In Ellicott City, a once abandoned cemetery now blooms," 1 Apr. 2018 In fact, the fire was moving into an area already burned by a larger blaze burning in oak woodlands. Fox News, "California highway reopens after blaze forces 6-day closure," 10 Sep. 2018 Open grassland areas are becoming more and more rare in Connecticut, lost to development or the encroaching woodlands. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Connecticut's Environmental Agency Conducts Controlled State Burn In Tunxis State Forest," 23 Apr. 2018 Some countries like Ethiopia have launched the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, which encourages farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "More Than Half of Coffee Species Are in Danger of Extinction," 16 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce woodland (audio) , -ˌland\

Kids Definition of woodland

: land covered with trees and shrubs : forest

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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