Definition of forest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrɪst//
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrɪst//
    Other geographic regions
    jump to other results
  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a large area of land that is thickly covered with trees a tropical forest a forest fire Thousands of hectares of forest are destroyed each year. see also rainforest See related entries: Other geographic regions
  2. 2[countable] forest (of something) a mass of tall narrow objects that are close together a forest of television aerials
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘wooded area kept for hunting’, also denoting any uncultivated land): via Old French from late Latin forestis (silva) , literally ‘(wood) outside’, from Latin foris ‘outside’, from fores ‘door’.Extra examples Forest is being cleared to make way for new farming land. He warned her never to enter the forest at night. Much of Europe was once covered in forest. They got lost in the forest. Thick forest stretched as far as the eye could see. We slashed our way through the dense forest. a large stretch of virgin forest the forest surrounding the village One careless match can start a forest fire. The species is found in both coniferous and deciduous forests.Idioms
    not see the forest for the trees (North American English) (British English not see the wood for the trees)
    jump to other results
    to not see or understand the main point about something, because you are paying too much attention to small details
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: forest