- the foremost line or part of an army.
- a line of battle.
- the place where combat operations are carried on.
- the auditorium.
- the business offices of a theater.
- the front of the stage; downstage.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- ahead of: to walk in front of a moving crowd.
- outside the entrance of: to wait in front of a house.
- in the presence of: to behave badly in front of company.
- outside the entrance: He's waiting out front.
- ahead of competitors: This advertising campaign ought to put our business way out front.
- Theater.in the audience or auditorium.
- Informal.candidly; frankly: Say what you mean out front.
- in advance; before anything else: You'll have to make a payment of $5,000 up front.
- frank; open; direct: I want you to be up front with me.
Origin of front
Related Words for frontfrontal, top, head, face, facade, presence, air, overlook, anterior, obverse, fore, leading, forward, advanced, first, facial, frontage, van, lead, brow
Examples from the Web for front
Contemporary Examples of front
In front of this strange structure are two blank-faced, well-dressed models showing off the latest in European minimalism.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
As the protagonist gets herself off in front of her impotent husband, she moans “Oh, Gronky.”‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Granted, James is in an office in the Pentagon, and not on the front lines.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
The next phase of the trial consists of vaccinating Ebola workers on the front lines.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Hmm, who are these people standing in front of the machines at the gym, neither occupying them nor not occupying them?How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
January 6, 2015
Historical Examples of front
Will madame be so good to enter our petit salon at the front, n'est-ce-pas?
I fetched up at an exit on the side street, and there they were directly in front of me.
Then they heard fresh howls and yells in front as well as behind.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
When it is cold, the dog finds a spot in front of the stove.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
In front of Judge Gould's office the combat was at its height.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- the total area in which opposing armies face each other
- the lateral space in which a military unit or formation is operatingto advance on a broad front
- the direction in which troops are facing when in a formed line
Word Origin for front
late 13c., "forehead," from Old French front "forehead, brow" (12c.), from Latin frontem (nominative frons) "forehead, brow, front; facade, forepart; appearance," perhaps literally "that which projects," from PIE *bhront-, from root *bhren- "to project, stand out." Or from PIE *ser-, "base of prepositions and preverbs with the basic meaning 'above, over, up, upper'" [Watkins].
Sense of "foremost part of anything" developed in Latin. The military sense of "foremost part of an army" (mid-14c.) led to the meaning "field of operations in contact with the enemy" (1660s). Home front is from 1919. Sense of "public facade" is from 1891; that of "something serving as a cover for illegal activities" is from 1905. Meteorological sense first recorded 1921. Front yard first attested 1767.
1520s, from Middle French fronter, from Old French front (see front (n.)). Related: Fronted; fronting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with front
- front and center
- front burner, on a
- front office
- brave face (front)
- in front of
- out front
- up front