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forefront

[fawr-fruhnt, fohr-]
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noun
  1. the foremost part or place.
  2. the position of greatest importance or prominence: in the forefront of today's writers.

Origin of forefront

First recorded in 1425–75, forefront is from the late Middle English word forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front
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  • She stood in the forefront of all women for him, just as Captain Anthony stood in the forefront of all men.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • Nicanor and Nicodemus stood in the forefront of it and watched.

  • In all the writings of the time, the theological interest is in the forefront.

  • By now Chappy Marr had won his way to the forefront of his kind.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • And in the forefront, with a laugh upon his lips, hewed Quinton Edge.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen


British Dictionary definitions for forefront

forefront

noun
  1. the extreme front
  2. the position of most prominence, responsibility, or action
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Word Origin and History for forefront

n.

late 15c., a Germanic-Latin hybrid, from fore- + front (n.). Originally of buildings; the main modern sense is from military meaning "front rank of an army" (1510s).

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