frontman

[ fruhnt-man ]
/ ˈfrʌntˌmæn /

noun, plural front·men [fruhnt-men] /ˈfrʌntˌmɛn/.

a performer, as a singer, who leads a musical group.
a person who serves as the nominal head of an organization and who represents it publicly.

Nearby words

  1. frontless,
  2. frontlessly,
  3. frontlet,
  4. frontline,
  5. frontlist,
  6. fronto,
  7. fronto-,
  8. fronto-occipital,
  9. frontoanterior position,
  10. frontogenesis

Also especially for 2, front man.

Origin of frontman

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; front + man1

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British Dictionary definitions for front man

front man

noun informal

a nominal leader of an organization, etc, who lacks real power or authority, esp one who lends respectability to some nefarious activityGender-neutral form: figurehead
the leader or visual focus of a group of musicians, usually the singer
Also called: front person

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