• synonyms


[fawr-ground, fohr-]
See more synonyms for foreground on Thesaurus.com
  1. the ground or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to background).
  2. a prominent or important position; forefront.
Show More

Origin of foreground

First recorded in 1685–95; fore- + ground1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for foreground

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • But this was not so startling as what it showed in the foreground.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • And the foreground—if the Little Doctor could get that, now, she would be doing something!

  • For a long time Linda sat with poised pencil, studying her foreground.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He can give the effect of light and shade, brightness, foreground and background.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • But the exquisite drawing of the foreground is especially worthy of notice.

British Dictionary definitions for foreground


  1. the part of a scene situated towards the front or nearest to the viewer
  2. the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer
  3. a conspicuous or active position
Show More
  1. (tr) to emphasize (an issue, idea, or word)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for foreground


1690s, in the landscape sense, from fore- + ground (n.). First used in English by Dryden ("Art of Painting"); cf. Dutch voorgrond.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper