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.
An actor's foray into politics.
Origin of foray
- Middle English forrai from forraien to plunder probably back-formation from forreour raider, plunderer from Old French forrier from forrer to forage forage
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English forrayen (“to pillage”), a back-formation of forrayour, forreour, forrier (“raider, pillager”), from Old French forrier, fourrier, a derivative of fuerre (“provender, fodder, straw”), from Frankish *fōdar (“fodder, sheath”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (“fodder, feed, sheath”), from Proto-Indo-European *patrom (“fodder”), *pat- (“to feed”), *pāy- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with Old High German fuotar (German Futter (“fodder, feed”)), Old English fōdor, fōþor (“food, fodder, covering, case, basket”), Dutch voeder (“forage, food, feed”), Danish foder (“fodder, feed”), Icelandic fóður (“fodder, sheath”). More at fodder, food.