The definition of a foray is a sudden short attack or move into enemy territory, or is an effort to branch out and try something new.noun
- When a military force suddenly goes into the territory of its enemy, this is an example of a foray.
- When you start to try dabbling in cooking for the first time, this is an example of a foray into cooking.
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ME forraien, prob. back-form. < forreier, forager < OFr forrier < forrer, to forage < forre: see forage
Origin: ME forrai
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- A sudden raid or military advance.
- A venture or an initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area: an actor's foray into politics.
- To make a raid.
- To make inroads, as for profit or adventure.
Origin: Middle English forrai, from forraien, to plunder, probably back-formation from forreour, raider, plunderer, from Old French forrier, from forrer, to forage; see forage.