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

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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the forehead of the ancient temple features a frieze of dramatically posed figures
Recent Examples on the Web And if that didn't get Cupid's arrows soaring, a group of priests called the Luperci then cut off a piece of the skin of the two animals, touched it to their foreheads and then struck it against every woman nearby. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "Valentine's Day's dark and twisted origin story," 14 Feb. 2020 Last Halloween, Ames spotted a photo on Instagram of a girl dressed as a Native American with a bullet in her forehead. oregonlive, "College students are fighting cultural appropriation during Halloween," 30 Oct. 2019 Those who plan to get ashes will go to mass and receive the ash crosses on their foreheads. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "When Is Ash Wednesday in 2020? Here's What to Know About the Beginning of Lent," 21 Jan. 2020 The wigs were placed atop the models' heads like hats, nearly covering their foreheads. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Comme des Garçons criticized for cultural appropriation for using lace front cornrow wigs," 18 Jan. 2020 Wires converge from around the room on a pair of monitors, a softbox light, a glaring LED panel, and a camera whose eye is positioned less than two feet from Bonnell’s pale, faintly perspiring forehead. Trevor Quirk, Wired, "Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?," 15 Jan. 2020 Taking to Instagram in early October to share an intimate moment, Simpson could be seen kissing Cyrus's forehead in the black-and-white snap. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson Were Friends Long Before They Started Dating," 8 Oct. 2019 Some bent down to kiss her forehead, while others hugged her and cried. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Chalise Scholl had only months to live. She spent them winning prizes for children at carnivals," 28 Aug. 2019 Those images are poisoned by menace as tank shells fly and boys, faces white from bomb dust, stroke the hair and kiss the forehead of a fallen brother. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘For Sama’ tells of a mother’s searing choice for a daughter born into war," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of forehead

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

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24 Feb 2020

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“Forehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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