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.