[ fruhnt-lahyn ]
/ ˈfrʌntˌlaɪn /


located or designed to be used at a military front line: a front-line ambulance helicopter.
of, relating to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: a front-line TV reporter.
highly experienced or proficient in the performance of one's duties.

Origin of front-line

First recorded in 1910–15

Definition for front-line (2 of 2)

front line


the visible forefront in any action, activity, or field: TV reporters are constantly involved in the front line of events.
Football. front four.
Basketball. front court(def 2b).

Origin of front line

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for front-line

British Dictionary definitions for front-line

front line


military the most advanced military units or elements in a battle
the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation
frontline (modifier)
  1. of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formationfrontline troops
  2. British of, relating to, or suitable for public service and business employees who are in direct contact with the publicfrontline staff
  3. to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etcfrontline news
  4. of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflictleaders of the frontline states attended the summit
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