about–face

play
noun \ə-ˈbau̇t-ˈfās\

Definition of about–face

  1. 1 :  a 180° turn to the right from the position of attention

  2. 2 :  a reversal of direction

  3. 3 :  a reversal of attitude, behavior, or point of view

about–face

intransitive verb

Origin and Etymology of about–face

from the imperative phrase about face, from 1about + 2face


First Known Use: 1835


ABOUT–FACE Defined for English Language Learners

about-face

play
noun

Definition of about–face for English Language Learners

  • : the act of turning to face in the opposite direction

  • : a complete change of attitude or opinion

Learn More about about–face


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up about–face? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!