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noun British.
(used with a singular verb) (in the House of Commons) either of two seats near the Speaker, on which the leaders of the major parties sit.
(used with a singular or plural verb) the leaders who occupy a front bench.
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Origin of front bench

First recorded in 1890–95

OTHER WORDS FROM front bench

front bencher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for front bench

front bench

noun
British
  1. the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
  2. the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
  3. (as modifier)a front-bench decision
the leadership of the government or opposition in various legislative assemblies
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