1. a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
2. a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
3. an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.
1. to make a raid; pillage; maraud.
2. to invade or make one’s way, as for profit or adventure: foreign industries foraying into U.S. markets.
3. to ravage in search of plunder; pillage.
Having the true baronial spirit of the good old feudal times, they are apt now and then to issue forth from their castles on a foray , and lay the plebeian fields of the neighboring country under contribution…
— Washington Irving , Bracebridge Hall, or, The Humorists , 1821
Peter Sissen took out his penlight and made a shallow foray into the dining room, coming back to say, “One of them is still downstairs…”
— Jeffrey Eugenides , The Virgin Suicides , 1993
Foray entered English in the late 14th century. It shares its roots with the term forage .