[fawr-id, for-; fawr-hed, for-]


the part of the face above the eyebrows; brow.
the fore or front part of anything.

Origin of forehead

before 1000; Middle English forehe(v)ed, Old English forhēafod. See fore-, head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forehead

Contemporary Examples of forehead

Historical Examples of forehead

  • Andrew sat with the butt of his rifle ground into his forehead.

  • The little thing measured her height by touching her forehead.

  • The spasm loosed beads of perspiration which stood cold on his forehead.


    W. A. Fraser

  • She took the young girl in her arms, and tenderly kissed her forehead.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • A spasm of pain contracted his features and drew beads of moisture to his forehead.

British Dictionary definitions for forehead



the part of the face between the natural hairline and the eyes, formed skeletally by the frontal bone of the skull; browRelated adjective: frontal

Word Origin for forehead

Old English forhēafod; related to Old Frisian forhāfd, Middle Low German vorhōved
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Word Origin and History for forehead

Old English forheafod, from fore- + heafod (see head (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for forehead


[fôr-hĕd′, -ĭd]


The part of the face between the eyebrows, the normal hairline, and the temples.brow
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