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front

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noun \ˈfrənt\

Simple Definition of front

  • : the forward part or surface of something : the part of something that is seen first

  • : a place, position, or area that is most forward or is directly ahead

  • : the part of your body that faces forward and includes your face and chest

Full Definition of front

  1. 1 a :  forehead; also :  the whole face b :  external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity

  2. 2 a (1) :  vanguard (2) :  a line of battle (3) :  a zone of conflict between armies b (1) :  a stand on an issue :  policy (2) :  an area of activity or interest <progress on the educational front> (3) :  a movement linking divergent elements to achieve common objectives; especially :  a political coalition

  3. 3 :  a side of a building; especially :  the side that contains the principal entrance

  4. 4 a :  the forward part or surface b (1) :  frontage (2) :  a beach promenade at a seaside resort c :  dickey 1a d :  the boundary between two dissimilar air masses

  5. 5 archaic :  beginning

  6. 6 a (1) :  a position ahead of a person or of the foremost part of a thing (2) —used as a call by a hotel desk clerk in summoning a bellhop b :  a position of leadership or superiority

  7. 7 a :  a person, group, or thing used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual controlling agent b :  a person who serves as the nominal head or spokesman of an enterprise or group to lend it prestige

in front of
  1. :  directly before or ahead of

out front
  1. :  in the audience

Examples of front

  1. <the front of the church features a magnificent stained-glass window>

  2. <that smile is just a front—I don't think she actually likes me at all>



Origin of front

Middle English, from Anglo-French frunt, front, from Latin front-, frons


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with front


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front

verb

Simple Definition of front

  • : to have the face or front toward (something)

  • : to be the leader or lead singer of (a musical group)

  • : to host or present (a radio or TV program)

Full Definition of front

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have the front or principal side adjacent to something; also :  to have frontage on something <a ten-acre plot fronting on a lake — Current Biography>

  3. 2 :  to serve as a front <fronting for special interests>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  confront <went to the woods because I wished … to front only the essential facts of life — H. D. Thoreau> b :  to appear before <daily fronted him in some fresh splendor — Alfred Tennyson>

  6. 2 a :  to be in front of <a lawn fronting the house> b :  to be the leader of (a musical group) <appeared as a soloist and fronted bands>

  7. 3 :  to face toward or have frontage on <the house fronts the street>

  8. 4 :  to supply a front to <fronted the building with bricks>

  9. 5 a :  to articulate (a sound) with the tongue farther forward b :  to move (a word or phrase) to the beginning of a sentence

  10. 6 basketball :  to play in front of (an opposing player) rather than between the player and the basket

  11. 7 :  advance 7 <fronted him the cash>

Examples of front

  1. The house fronts Main Street.

  2. The house fronts on Main Street.

  3. He is now fronting a different band.

  4. He fronts a talk show.



1523

First Known Use of front

1523


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front

adjective

Simple Definition of front

  • : of or relating to the front : located at the front

  • golf —used to refer to the first 9 holes of an 18-hole golf course

Full Definition of front

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or situated at the front b :  acting as a front <front company>

  2. 2 :  articulated at or toward the front of the oral passage <front vowels>

  3. 3 :  constituting the first nine holes of an 18-hole golf course

front adverb

Examples of front

  1. There's a small statue on the front lawn.

  2. He keeps his wallet in his front pocket.



1600

First Known Use of front

1600


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front

abbreviation

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