[ fruhn-tl ]
See synonyms for frontal on
  1. of, in, or at the front: a frontal view; frontal attack.

  2. Anatomy.

  1. Meteorology. of or relating to the division between dissimilar air masses: frontal zone; frontal surface.

  2. Fine Arts.

    • exhibiting frontality.

    • parallel to the surface in the pictorial arts or seen from the front view in sculpture: the frontal plane.

  1. Ecclesiastical. a movable cover or hanging for the front of an altar.

  1. Anatomy. any of several parts in the frontal region, especially the frontal bone.

Origin of frontal

1275–1325; <Late Latin frontālis (New Latin, in anatomy sense); replacing Middle English frountel<Old French frontel.See front, -al1

Other words from frontal

  • fron·tal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·fron·tal, adjective
  • sub·fron·tal, adjective
  • sub·fron·tal·ly, adverb
  • trans·fron·tal, adjective
  • trans·fron·tal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby frontal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frontal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for frontal


/ (ˈfrʌntəl) /

  1. of, at, or in the front

  2. of or relating to the forehead: frontal artery

  1. of or relating to the anterior part of a body or organ

  2. meteorol of, relating to, or resulting from a front or its passage: frontal rainfall

  1. a decorative hanging for the front of an altar

  1. another name for frontlet (def. 1)

Origin of frontal

C14 (in the sense: adornment for forehead, altar cloth): via Old French frontel, from Latin frontālia (pl) ornament worn on forehead, frontellum altar cloth, both from frōns forehead, front

Derived forms of frontal

  • frontally, adverb

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