[fawr-shawr, fohr-shohr]


the ground between the water's edge and cultivated land; land along the edge of a body of water.
the part of the shore between the high-water mark and low-water mark.

Origin of foreshore

First recorded in 1755–65; fore- + shore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foreshore

Contemporary Examples of foreshore

  • A rapier and a dagger found on the Thames foreshore show us that swordfights routinely broke out on the streets of London.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013

    Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So

    September 30, 2013

Historical Examples of foreshore

  • The wind was rising, and the line of the foreshore beyond the boat was white with breakers.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • He took her by the hand and led her across the foreshore, back to the sandhills.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • The foreshore, as it is called, is a somewhat misleading term.

    The Secret Service Submarine

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • I say, Crewe, did you ever see such an odd fish on an English foreshore?

  • The girls went further, and stood on the foreshore, listening to the din.

British Dictionary definitions for foreshore



the part of the shore that lies between the limits for high and low tides
the part of the shore that lies just above the high-water mark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for foreshore



The seaward-sloping area of a shore that lies between the average high tide mark and the average low tide mark. Compare backshore.
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