Nearby words

  1. frondeur,
  2. frondizi,
  3. frondizi, arturo,
  4. frondose,
  5. frons,
  6. front and center,
  7. front bench,
  8. front bottom,
  9. front burner,
  10. front burner, on a


Origin of front

1250–1300; Middle English frount, front < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin front- (stem of frōns) forehead, brow, front

Related formsun·front·ed, adjective

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Examples from the Web for front

British Dictionary definitions for front



that part or side that is forward, prominent, or most often seen or used
a position or place directly before or aheada fountain stood at the front of the building
the beginning, opening, or first partthe front of the book
the position of leadership; forefront; vanguardin the front of scientific knowledge
land bordering a lake, street, etc
land along a seashore or large lake, esp a promenade
  1. the total area in which opposing armies face each other
  2. the lateral space in which a military unit or formation is operatingto advance on a broad front
  3. the direction in which troops are facing when in a formed line
meteorol the dividing line or plane between two air masses or water masses of different origins and having different characteristicsSee also warm front, cold front
outward aspect or bearing, as when dealing with a situationa bold front
assurance, overconfidence, or effrontery
informal a business or other activity serving as a respectable cover for another, usually criminal, organization
mainly US a nominal leader of an organization, etc, who lacks real power or authority; figurehead
informal outward appearance of rank or wealth
a particular field of activity involving some kind of struggleon the wages front
a group of people with a common goala national liberation front
a false shirt front; a dicky
archaic the forehead or the face

adjective (prenominal)

of, at, or in the fronta front seat
phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a vowel articulated with the blade of the tongue brought forward and raised towards the hard palate, as for the sound of ee in English see or a in English hat
on the front foot at an advantage, outclassing and outmanoeuvring one's opponents


(when intr, foll by on or onto) to be opposite (to); face (onto)this house fronts the river
(tr) to be a front of or for
(tr) informal to appear as a presenter in (a television show)
(tr) to be the lead singer or player in (a band)
(tr) to confront, esp in hostility or opposition
(tr) to supply a front for
(intr often foll by up) Australian and NZ informal to appear (at)to front up at the police station
Derived Formsfrontless, adjective

Word Origin for front

C13 (in the sense: forehead, face): from Latin frōns forehead, foremost part


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for front
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Science definitions for front



The boundary between two air masses that have different temperatures or humidity. In the mid-latitude areas of the Earth, where warm tropical air meets cooler polar air, the systems of fronts define the weather and often cause precipitation to form. Warm air, being lighter than cold air, tends to rise, cool, and condense along such boundaries, forming rain or snow. See also cold front occluded front polar front stationary front warm front.
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Culture definitions for front


In meteorology, the line that forms the boundary between two air masses. Unless they are very similar in temperature and humidity, they will not mix.


Fronts usually produce unstable weather.

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Idioms and Phrases with front


In addition to the idioms beginning with front

  • front and center
  • front burner, on a
  • front office

also see:

  • brave face (front)
  • in front of
  • out front
  • up front
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