forefront

[ fawr-fruhnt, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌfrʌnt, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

the foremost part or place.
the position of greatest importance or prominence: in the forefront of today's writers.

Nearby words

  1. forefathers' day,
  2. forefeel,
  3. forefend,
  4. forefinger,
  5. forefoot,
  6. foregather,
  7. foregift,
  8. foreglimpse,
  9. forego,
  10. foregoing

Origin of forefront

First recorded in 1425–75, forefront is from the late Middle English word forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front

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British Dictionary definitions for forefront

forefront

/ (ˈfɔːˌfrʌnt) /

noun

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

forefront

n.

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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