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Meaning of forest by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 skōgr, and Middle English frith, firth ( “forest, game preserve” ) from Old English fyrhþ .

    A forest.


    • enPR: fŏrˈəst, IPA: /ˈfɒɹəst/, SAMPA: /"fQrIst/


    forest ( plural: forests )

    1. A dense collection of trees covering a relatively large area. Larger than woods .
    2. Any dense collection or amount .
      Forest of criticism .
    3. A defined area of land formerly set aside in England as a royal hunting ground .
    4. ( graph theory ) a disjoint union of trees

    Related terms

    • afforest

    See also

    • Commons-logo.svg Forest on Wikimedia Commons.


    • fetors, fortes, foster, Foster, softer

Explanation of forest by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. establish a forest on previously unforested land

    2. afforest the mountains
    1. the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area

    2. land that is covered with trees and shrubs