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

Examples of forehead in a Sentence

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

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This time Elis wasn’t needed and the Swiss defender used his forehead to direct the ball into the back of the net for his first brace with the Dynamo. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo roll to shutout of Minnesota United," 8 July 2018 Standing perfectly still, the Tottenham defender met the ball with his forehead and sent it toward goal. Graham Dunbar, The Seattle Times, "World Cup headed goal like never before sparks Belgium win," 2 July 2018 Hopping in the shower and letting a gentle stream of lukewarm water hit your forehead while holding your eyelid open can help, too. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Cause Irritated, Scratchy Eyes," 29 June 2018 There, doctors treated him for a subdural hematoma, one of the deadliest of all head injuries, as well as cuts on his forehead that required 35 stitches to close. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Fireworks display gone wrong nearly cost firefighter his vision," 29 June 2018 Use concealer as eye primer, swap your shadow brushes for a fingertip, bake after your bronzer, and never conceal your forehead. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Talks Us Through Her Makeup Routine, Start to Finish," 28 June 2018 His eyes were red with sleeplessness, his dark beard had not been shaven for a day, and his hair had fallen loose over his forehead. Edward Mcclelland, Chicago Reader, "Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue," 26 June 2018 The husband had broad shoulders, a square jaw, an orange cap pulled low over his forehead. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "As border crossings surge, a Mexican couple tests Trump’s policies," 21 June 2018 An officer was treated at a hospital for a cut to the forehead. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He woke to find a stranger in his home. The man offered to sell him cocaine, cops say," 5 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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