home front



the civilian sector of a nation at war when its armed forces are in combat abroad.

Origin of home front

First recorded in 1915–20
Related formshome-front, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of home front

  • Lacking a political approach with respect to Hamas, Israel has invested in defending its home-front while boosting deterrence.

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    Israel: Stop Isolating Gaza

    Benedetta Berti

    April 17, 2013

Historical Examples of home front

  • Even so, the unprecedented series of catastrophes on the home-front of America overshadows everything.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

Word Origin and History for home front

also homefront, by 1917, from home (n.) + front (n.) in the military sense. A term from World War I.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper