fore·​head | \ ˈfȯr-ˌhed How to pronounce forehead (audio) ; ˈfär-əd How to pronounce forehead (audio) , ˈfȯr- How to pronounce forehead (audio) 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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Examples of forehead in a Sentence

the forehead of the ancient temple features a frieze of dramatically posed figures
Recent Examples on the Web He was agitated, his speech frenzied, perspiration collecting on his forehead. New York Times, "The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.," 31 Mar. 2021 Not trying to be rude but genuinely curious about what's on her forehead? Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Mina Starsiak Hawk Opens Up About Her Daughter’s Hemangioma," 31 Mar. 2021 Ever since turning 40, Lizzy, a marketing executive in Manhattan who wants to be known only by her first name, became fixated on getting Botox for the lines on her forehead. Shivani Vora,, "Botox & Bubble Baths: Here’s How People Are Splurging During The Pandemic," 28 Mar. 2021 For those prone to oily skin, the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is generally where the most oil buildup occurs. Heather Roy,, "How to use face toner," 27 Mar. 2021 Now, having decapitated the head of the beast, the man dipped four fingers into the ox’s skull, scooped out a tablespoon of brain and smeared it over his own cheeks, his forehead, his lips. Mira Ptacin, Vogue, "The Year I Learned What Isolation—And Survival—Really Means," 11 Mar. 2021 Companies have promoted the thermal-imaging systems for their ability to measure temperatures more quickly and at a safer distance than traditional and infrared thermometers that measure temperature from a person’s forehead, ear or mouth. Washington Post, "Those fever scanners that everyone is using to fight covid can be wildly inaccurate, researchers find," 5 Mar. 2021 Anecdotal accounts at the time indicate Bennet suffered a burn on her forehead, sustained when searching for students believed to be in the school basement., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 26 Mar. 2021 Several baby hairs are swooped, looped, and locked into place on his forehead. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Every Jaw-Dropping Beauty Look in Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" Music Video," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of forehead

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

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11 Apr 2021

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“Forehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forehead

: the part of the face above the eyes


fore·​head | \ ˈfȯr-əd How to pronounce forehead (audio) , ˈfȯr-ˌhed \

Kids Definition of forehead

: the part of the face above the eyes


fore·​head | \ ˈfȯr-əd How to pronounce forehead (audio) , ˈfär-; ˈfō(ə)r-ˌhed How to pronounce forehead (audio) , ˈfȯ(ə)r- How to pronounce forehead (audio) \

Medical Definition of forehead

: the part of the face above the eyes

called also brow, frons

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