[ 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

First recorded in 1425–75, forefront is from the late Middle English word forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forefront


/ (ˈfɔːˌfrʌnt) /


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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