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[fawr-fruhnt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfrʌnt, ˈfoʊr-/
the foremost part or place.
the position of greatest importance or prominence:
in the forefront of today's writers.
Origin of forefront
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, forefront is from the late Middle English word forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front Unabridged
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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.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • In all the writings of the time, the theological interest is in the forefront.

    German Culture Past and Present Ernest Belfort Bax
  • By now Chappy Marr had won his way to the forefront of his kind.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for forefront


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

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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