A forest in autumn.
- The definition of forest is something that is green like an area covered with trees.
An example of forest is the color, forest green.
- A forest is defined as a large area that has many trees and other plants, or a dense area that is like a forest.
- An example of a forest is Sherwood Forest from the Robin Hood stories.
- An example of a forest is a grouping of tall buildings, a forest of tall buildings.
- To forest means to plant an area with trees.
An example of to forest is to plant trees in an area where many trees were lost in a fire.
- a thick growth of trees and underbrush covering an extensive tract of land; large woods: often used fig.
- Historical, Brit. any of certain tracts of woodland or wasteland, usually the property of the sovereign, preserved for game
Origin of forestMiddle English from Old French (Fr forêt) from Medieval Latin (silva) forestis, as if (wood) unenclosed ( from Classical Latin foris, out-of-doors), but probably (wood) under court control ( from Classical Latin forum, court, forum)
- A growth of trees and other plants covering a large area.
- A large number of objects bearing a similarity to such a growth, especially a dense collection of tall objects: a forest of skyscrapers.
- A defined area of land formerly set aside in England as a royal hunting ground.
transitive verbfor·est·ed, for·est·ing, for·ests
Origin of forestMiddle English from Old French from Medieval Latin forestis (silva) outside (forest) from Latin forīs outside ; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.
- for′est·al fo·res′tial
(third-person singular simple present forests, present participle foresting, simple past and past participle forested)
- To cover an area with trees.
From Middle English forest, from Old French forest, from Medieval Latin foresta (“open wood”), first used in the Capitularies of Charlemagne in reference to the royal forest (as opposed to the inner woods, or parcus). Displaced native Middle English weald, wald (“forest, weald”), from Old English weald, Middle English scogh, scough (“forest, shaw”), from Old Norse skógr, and Middle English frith, firth (“forest, game preserve”), from Old English fyrhþ.
Medieval Latin foresta probably represents the fusion of two earlier words: one taken as an adaptation of the Late Latin phrase forestem silvam (“the outside woods”), mistaking forestem for woods (—a development not found in Romance languages; compare Old French selve (“forest”)); the other is the continuance of an existing word since Merovingian times from Frankish *forhist (“forest, wooded country, game preserve”) as the general word for "forest, forested land". The Medieval Latin term may have originated as a sound-alike, or been adapted as a play on the Frankish word (Gallo-Romans were often outraged by the King's exclusive hunting rights in the "outside forest". Emphasis to "outside" may have been an attempt to evoke danger, or to emphasise that the lands were banned from general note). Frankish *forhist comes from Proto-Germanic *furhisa-, *furhiþ(j)a-, *furhiją (“forest, wooded country”), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷu- (“coniferous forest, mountain forest, wooded height”), and is cognate with Old High German forst (German Forst, “forest, wooded country”), Middle Low German vorst (“forest”), Old English fyrhþ, fyrhþe (“forest, game preserve, wooded country”), Old Norse fýri (“pine forest”), and Old Norse fjǫrr (“tree”). More at frith, fir.