[ noun fawr-noon, fohr-; adjective fawr-noon, fohr- ]
See synonyms for forenoon on
  1. the period of daylight before noon.

  2. the latter part of the morning.

  1. of or relating to the forenoon.

Origin of forenoon

1375–1425; late Middle English. See fore-, noon

Words Nearby forenoon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use forenoon in a sentence

  • As it is not their custom to visit or be visited in the forenoon, it was hardly fair to take a stranger to see them.

  • What a merry place a steamer is on a calm sunny summer forenoon, and what an appetite every one seems to have!

    Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • She usually arrived by an early train in the forenoon and returned by the late train at night.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • They had dug some clams at the low tide in the forenoon and put them away, covered with wet seaweed.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • Before the exercises of the forenoon were concluded, she was summoned to see a visitor, and did not reappear before intermission.

    Alone | Marion Harland

British Dictionary definitions for forenoon


/ (ˈfɔːˌnuːn) /

    • the daylight hours before or just before noon

    • (as modifier): a forenoon conference

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