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[ fruhnt-lahyn ]
/ ˈfrʌntˌlaɪn /
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located or designed to be used at a military front line: a frontline ambulance helicopter.
of, relating to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: a frontline TV reporter.
highly experienced or proficient in the performance of one's duties.
of or relating to essential work that depends on in-person interactions and may involve some risk, especially policing, healthcare, emergency services, public transit, grocery, warehouse, and delivery work: Congress is taking up a bill that would guarantee sick leave and hazard pay to frontline workers.
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Origin of frontline

First recorded in 1910–15; front (in the military sense) + line1

Other definitions for frontline (2 of 2)

front line
[ fruhnt-lahyn ]
/ ˈfrʌnt ˈlaɪn /

Military. front (def. 9).
the place where in-person essential work is carried out, especially in jobs that may involve some risk, as in policing, healthcare, emergency services, public transit, grocery, warehouse, and delivery work: Our bookstore extends a discount to all the teachers, aides, specialists, librarians, and therapists who are on the front line serving our children in schools every day.
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 1670–80
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British Dictionary definitions for frontline

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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