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[noun fawr-noon, fohr-; adjective fawr-noon, fohr-] /noun ˌfɔrˈnun, ˌfoʊr-; adjective ˈfɔrˌnun, ˈfoʊr-/
the period of daylight before noon.
the latter part of the morning.
of or relating to the forenoon.
Origin of forenoon
1375-1425; late Middle English. See fore-, noon Unabridged
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  • As soon as he was fairly gone, she wanted to go after him, and she was wild all the forenoon.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • All that forenoon, the little house throbbed with a curious sense of expectancy.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The coffee-room had no other occupant, that forenoon, than the gentleman in brown.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Mrs Herbert attended me during the forenoon, but left me after my early dinner.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The Board of Strategy came in during the forenoon, and the presents had to be shown to them.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I've heard of more dead relations this forenoon than I ever had alive.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He accepted and was even busier than he had been during the forenoon session.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was in his room, had not yet breakfasted, although it was nearly ten in the forenoon.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Well, he talked all the forenoon and all the way to Orham on the train and most of that night.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I should like to see you at my house this—Thursday—forenoon, on a matter of business.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for forenoon


  1. the daylight hours before or just before noon
  2. (as modifier): a forenoon conference
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Word Origin and History for forenoon

c.1500, from fore- + noon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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