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[fawr-id, for-; fawr-hed, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪd, ˈfɒr-; ˈfɔrˌhɛd, ˈfɒr-/
the part of the face above the eyebrows; brow.
the fore or front part of anything.
Origin of forehead
before 1000; Middle English forehe(v)ed, Old English forhēafod. See fore-, head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Andrew sat with the butt of his rifle ground into his forehead.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The little thing measured her height by touching her forehead.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The spasm loosed beads of perspiration which stood cold on his forehead.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • She took the young girl in her arms, and tenderly kissed her forehead.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • A spasm of pain contracted his features and drew beads of moisture to his forehead.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for forehead


/ˈfɒrɪd; ˈfɔːˌhɛd/
the part of the face between the natural hairline and the eyes, formed skeletally by the frontal bone of the skull; brow related adjective frontal
Word Origin
Old English forhēafod; related to Old Frisian forhāfd, Middle Low German vorhōved
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Word Origin and History for forehead

Old English forheafod, from fore- + heafod (see head (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forehead in Medicine

forehead fore·head (fôr'ĭd, -hěd')
The part of the face between the eyebrows, the normal hairline, and the temples. Also called brow.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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