[ fawr-land, fohr- ]
See synonyms for foreland on
  1. a cape, headland, or promontory.

  2. land or territory lying in front.

Origin of foreland

First recorded in 1300–50, foreland is from the Middle English word forlonde.See fore-, land

Words Nearby foreland Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foreland in a sentence

  • Impelled by this most welcome breeze, we were soon round the South foreland and off Dover, where we hove-to to land the pilot.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" | Harry Collingwood
  • And the youngest, he never was found; and the others was stone dead ashore, nigh on to the foreland.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • Its sea-front walk of a couple of miles or more is as fine as any that can be found from the foreland to the Lizard.

    The Automobilist Abroad | M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • The North foreland had been made advisedly snug for the night.

    Denis Dent | Ernest W. Hornung
  • The North foreland was blessed with a commander who was at his best in an emergency.

    Denis Dent | Ernest W. Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for foreland (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːlənd) /

  1. a headland, cape, or coastal promontory

  2. land lying in front of something, such as water

British Dictionary definitions for Foreland (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːlənd) /

  1. either of two headlands (North Foreland and South Foreland) in SE England, on the coast of Kent

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