Definition of forester in US English:



  • 1A person in charge of a forest or skilled in planting, managing, or caring for trees.

    • ‘A vintage train is helping foresters faced with a conservation dilemma to thin trees.’
    • ‘Without trained foresters to mark the trees that should be cut, oversee the cutting, and develop plans to protect forests from fires and pilfering, sustained yield and preservation were impossible.’
    • ‘It has at one end of it, foresters that are logging forests, another group that is burning forests, and a very, very small group that try and preserve wildlife.’
    • ‘Whether or not locals are actually degrading the forest through browsing and fuelwood collection or foresters are actually dismantling the forest through bribery and tree harvesting are not the most immediate questions.’
    • ‘The forester implored anyone seeing vandals damaging the tree to report it immediately to the police.’
    • ‘Last week, our foresters and contractors planted 12,700 pine seedlings on land burned by the Blodgett Canyon Fire in 2000.’
    • ‘The gardeners wanted to plant a tree to commemorate my time as head gardener there, and the senior forester had said I might choose any tree I liked from the tree nursery.’
    • ‘The following day, the Batsford forester returned to cut down the tree.’
    • ‘As the century ended, the Forest Service and foresters, while still the guardians of the nation's arboreal heritage, increasingly shared that role with an informed and articulate public.’
    • ‘These trees were introduced from abroad by foresters for fast-growing commercial plantations.’
    • ‘Bulgaria's forests are taken care of by 3500 foresters and improving forest security, along with restoring destroyed woodlands, has been identified as the top priorities of the Government.’
    • ‘In 1994, Global ReLeaf helped local foresters in central Minnesota plant 13,000 white pine seedlings.’
    • ‘He wanted a workforce to build Siberia and chose country people because they were foresters and lumberers with the skills to do the work he wanted.’
    • ‘As well as the visual elements, there is much that links the garden to its surroundings and to the family: the elm bench, for instance, was made from a tree on the estate by Jim Thompson, the head forester.’
    • ‘With the participation of a professional forester indicating which trees to fell, thinning cuts could simultaneously provide another arena for discussing and testing different selection criteria.’
    • ‘He said ants are highly valued by German foresters for eating insects which attack trees.’
    • ‘Therefore anyone who is interested in planting should now apply through an approved forester or a forestry company.’
    • ‘But the foresters missed the trees and hit their fellow foresters, and the game was born.’
    • ‘By the 1940s, foresters and loggers had improved their institutional and technological capacities so that they could respond more quickly to sudden demand than had been possible during WWI.’
    • ‘Timber lobbyists and foresters say thin out some national forests as a means of fireproofing them and preventing more superfires; that means cutting trees - lots of them.’
  • 2archaic A person or animal living in a forest.

  • 3A small black day-flying moth with two white or yellow spots on each wing.

    Family Agaristidae: several genera and species, including the eight-spotted forester (Alypia octomaculata), common throughout the northeastern US

    • ‘As the corn ripens and promises another fruitful harvest, so the foresters and their nymphs go off to consummate their love and, presumably, to eventually produce a harvest of their own.’
  • 4Australian The eastern gray kangaroo.


Middle English: from Old French forestier, from forest (see forest).