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[fruhnt-man] /ˈfrʌntˌmæn/
noun, plural frontmen
[fruhnt-men] /ˈfrʌntˌmɛn/ (Show IPA)
a performer, as a singer, who leads a musical group.
a person who serves as the nominal head of an organization and who represents it publicly.
Also, especially for 2, front man.
Origin of frontman
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40; front + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The front man turned his head until his eyes met the eyes of the man behind.

    White Fang Jack London
  • His hands caught the man behind, lifted across a hip, and heaved, just before the front man reached him.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • They were weary, ragged, lean—seven very tatter-demalions—and the front man led them, tapping the ground with a long stick.

  • Suddenly the front man slipped and the prop fell down in the mud and splashed the thin man from head to foot.

  • The front man jumped one way and the woman jumped the same way so he couldn't get by.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • When the last, or front man on each team is able to whistle after devouring his crackers, the race ends.

British Dictionary definitions for front man

front man

noun (informal)
a nominal leader of an organization, etc, who lacks real power or authority, esp one who lends respectability to some nefarious activity Gender-neutral form figurehead
the leader or visual focus of a group of musicians, usually the singer
Also called front person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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