[noun fawr-noon, fohr-; adjective fawr-noon, fohr-]


the period of daylight before noon.
the latter part of the morning.


of or relating to the forenoon.

Origin of forenoon

1375–1425; late Middle English. See fore-, noon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for forenoon

dawn, prime, daybreak, morn, aurora, daylight, sunup, cockcrow, sunrise, morrow, AM, dayspring

Examples from the Web for forenoon

Historical Examples of forenoon

  • As soon as he was fairly gone, she wanted to go after him, and she was wild all the forenoon.

    Questionable Shapes

    William Dean Howells

  • All that forenoon, the little house throbbed with a curious sense of expectancy.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • The coffee-room had no other occupant, that forenoon, than the gentleman in brown.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Mrs Herbert attended me during the forenoon, but left me after my early dinner.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The Board of Strategy came in during the forenoon, and the presents had to be shown to them.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for forenoon



  1. the daylight hours before or just before noon
  2. (as modifier)a forenoon conference
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Word Origin and History for forenoon

c.1500, from fore- + noon.

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