fore·​head | \ ˈfȯr-ˌhed; ˈfär-əd, ˈfȯr- also ˈfȯr-ˌed \

Definition of forehead

1 : the part of the face above the eyes
2 : the front or forepart of something flames in the forehead of the morning sky— John Milton

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Synonyms & Antonyms for forehead


facade (also façade), face, forepart, front


back, rear, rearward, reverse

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Examples of forehead in a Sentence

the forehead of the ancient temple features a frieze of dramatically posed figures

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Priyanka, in a chic all-white ski get-up, shared a silly photo of Nick about to lick her forehead. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are on a Couples' Ski Vacation With Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas," 29 Dec. 2018 Here are 15 helpful tips to help get rid of blackheads on your nose, chin, and forehead. 1. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018 All the cracks in the surface of the wood show up, replacing the nasty blotchiness of the other photo, and even the wispy curls of hair on the girl’s forehead are discernible. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google’s Night Sight for Pixel phones will amaze you," 25 Oct. 2018 In a video that rapidly flips between the sisters' posts, besides the obvious filter change, Kardashian West also appears to have inexplicably smoothed out one section of Chicago's forehead and curly hair. Andrea Park, Allure, "People Think Kim Kardashian West Photoshopped Baby Chicago’s Hair and Face," 9 Oct. 2018 But what seemingly caught some fans by surprise was a bruise that appeared on little Jackson's forehead. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff Takes to Instagram to Address Fans' Concerns About Jackson's Bruise," 28 Sep. 2018 With half an hour on the clock, England finally made their breakthrough - from another set-piece - as the concrete forehead of Harry Maguire smashed the ball beyond Olsen to send the nation into euphoria., "Sweden 0-2 England: Football Takes Huge Step Closer to Home as Three Lions Dominate Against Swedes," 7 July 2018 Between the intensity of the case and the Mississippi sun, there’s hardly a dry forehead for the actors or even the audience. Erin Ben-moche,, "With a heat wave scorching California, here are 10 movies that feel your pain," 6 July 2018 The doctors at the hospital quickly determined that baby Jeong Whan was fine — just a little bruising on his nose and forehead. Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News And Sarah Kliff, Washington Post, "A Baby Was Treated With A Nap And A Bottle Of Formula. The Bill Was $18,000.," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of forehead

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of forehead

: the part of the face above the eyes


fore·​head | \ ˈfȯr-əd, ˈfȯr-ˌhed\

Kids Definition of forehead

: the part of the face above the eyes


fore·​head | \ ˈfȯr-əd, ˈfär-; ˈfō(ə)r-ˌhed, ˈfȯ(ə)r- \

Medical Definition of forehead

: the part of the face above the eyes

called also brow, frons

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a complex dispute or argument

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