forename

[ fawr-neym, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌneɪm, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

a name that precedes the family name or surname; first name.

Nearby words

  1. foremast,
  2. forementioned,
  3. foremilk,
  4. foremost,
  5. foremother,
  6. forenamed,
  7. forenoon,
  8. forenoon watch,
  9. forensic,
  10. forensic accountant

Origin of forename

First recorded in 1525–35; fore- + name

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British Dictionary definitions for forename

forename

/ (ˈfɔːˌneɪm) /

noun

a first or Christian name
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Word Origin and History for forename

forename

n.

1530s, from fore- + name (n.). The equivalent of Latin praenomen.

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