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


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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

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Properly managed woodlands help avoid emissions by not burning the trees and also draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Fred Krupp, WSJ, "Harness the Market to Manage the Climate," 15 Oct. 2018 That includes using goats to try and clean up as much woodland as possible before temperatures rise and the land becomes a tinder box. Washington Post, "Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires," 14 June 2018 The home’s unique pedigree aside, the property boasts 59 acres scattered with streams, woodland walking trails, and a 50x50 fenced in garden with potting shed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Country house on 59 acres blends old and new for $683K," 12 Dec. 2018 See how the duo behind @putnamflowers transformed this home into an extra-special winter woodland by visiting the link in bio. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "So…Martha Stewart Has 40 Christmas Trees In Her Home During The Holiday Season," 4 Dec. 2018 The roster of past guests includes notable designers Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, and Dolce & Gabbana among others, whose themes have run the gamut from woodland fantasy to under the sea. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Diane von Furstenberg's Claridge's Christmas Tree Is All About Love," 27 Nov. 2018 The conditions in recent years have led to a massive tree die-off, and scientists expect more woodlands to dry out across the West, contributing to larger, more destructive fires. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How the Carr Fire became one of the most destructive fires in California history," 1 Aug. 2018 This meticulously resorted Victorian manse set on 34 acres of Scottish woodlands first made headlines in 2014, when it was acquired by none other than tennis star Andy Murray, who hails from this part of Perthshire. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Below the pleasant chirping of woodland birds and the rush of the river lies rot; the game’s forest is in upheaval and blood is about to be shed. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Root is a terrific—and fully asymmetric—woodland wargame," 29 Sep. 2018

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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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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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