- the foremost line or part of an army.
- a line of battle.
- the place where combat operations are carried on.
- the auditorium.
- the business offices of a theater.
- the front of the stage; downstage.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- ahead of: to walk in front of a moving crowd.
- outside the entrance of: to wait in front of a house.
- in the presence of: to behave badly in front of company.
- outside the entrance: He's waiting out front.
- ahead of competitors: This advertising campaign ought to put our business way out front.
- Theater.in the audience or auditorium.
- Informal.candidly; frankly: Say what you mean out front.
- in advance; before anything else: You'll have to make a payment of $5,000 up front.
- frank; open; direct: I want you to be up front with me.
Origin of front
Examples from the Web for fronting
Contemporary Examples of fronting
Fronting directly on the street is a two-storey wall, pierced by two doorways: entrance and exit to the compound.Argentina Doesn't Want the Truth, Ctd.
February 8, 2013
Some had extensive reporting experience, as Crowley does, but they were accustomed to fronting television shows.Martha Raddatz On the Hot Seat
October 11, 2012
She's possibly a lovely person, but she should not be fronting her own season of a network reality show.Eight Worst Things About ‘The Bachelorette’
June 29, 2011
He showed a precocious penchant for baseball and music, fronting a high-school band called Johnny and the Jaywalkers.Dead Cool: Johnny Thunders
February 5, 2010
Historical Examples of fronting
Fronting the landing place are five trees, among which, he said, the money was hid.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The one fronting on the fire escape was closed and tightly fastened.The Film of Fear
Fronting the bookcase was the biggest table that Cassy had ever seen.The Paliser case
Don and I were sitting with Jane between us, and the figure of Tako fronting us.The White Invaders
Raymond King Cummings
The Bund is broad, fronting the water, and is a popular thoroughfare.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
- the total area in which opposing armies face each other
- the lateral space in which a military unit or formation is operatingto advance on a broad front
- the direction in which troops are facing when in a formed line
Word Origin for front
late 13c., "forehead," from Old French front "forehead, brow" (12c.), from Latin frontem (nominative frons) "forehead, brow, front; facade, forepart; appearance," perhaps literally "that which projects," from PIE *bhront-, from root *bhren- "to project, stand out." Or from PIE *ser-, "base of prepositions and preverbs with the basic meaning 'above, over, up, upper'" [Watkins].
Sense of "foremost part of anything" developed in Latin. The military sense of "foremost part of an army" (mid-14c.) led to the meaning "field of operations in contact with the enemy" (1660s). Home front is from 1919. Sense of "public facade" is from 1891; that of "something serving as a cover for illegal activities" is from 1905. Meteorological sense first recorded 1921. Front yard first attested 1767.
1520s, from Middle French fronter, from Old French front (see front (n.)). Related: Fronted; fronting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with front
- front and center
- front burner, on a
- front office
- brave face (front)
- in front of
- out front
- up front