From Middle English forest, from Old French forest, from Medieval Latin forestis (“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.
forest (plural forests)
- A dense uncultivated tract of trees and undergrowth, larger than woods.
- Any dense collection or amount.
- (historical) A defined area of land set aside in England as royal hunting ground or for other privileged use; all such areas.
- (graph theory) A graph with no cycles; i.e., a graph made up of trees.
- (computing, Microsoft Windows) A group of domains that are managed as a unit.
- The colour forest green.
forest (third-person singular simple present forests, present participle foresting, simple past and past participle forested)
- (transitive) To cover an area with trees.