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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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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In the second still, the gang looks exhausted and defeated outside of an emergency room entrance. Chief Hopper (David Harbour) wears a green and pink shirt (and has a gash on his forehead) in another image. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Is Finally Here and I Am Not Okay," 20 Mar. 2019 Women: literally no facial lines- foreheads completely airbrushed. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Marvel Is Being Accused of Airbrushing Female Characters in These Avengers: Endgame Posters," 28 Mar. 2019 For a more high-end experience, cover the entire eye area and forehead with Clé de Peau Beauté Vitality-Enhancing Eye Mask Supreme after applying an eye cream and leave it on for 10 minutes. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "5 Expert Tips for Younger Looking Eyes," 12 Mar. 2019 On this day, priests and pastors smear ashes from the previous year's Palm Sunday palms on the attendees' foreheads. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's How the Date of Easter Is Determined Each Year," 22 Feb. 2019 Shower-Fresh Strands Are Made for Sculpting Jaws collectively dropped at first sight of Burberry's taut, sopping wet knots with baby hairs intricately gelled to the forehead in dizzying patterns by hairstylist Guido Palau. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 The eeriest resemblance here comes from K.J. Apa, who clearly put some time into learning Luke Perry’s forehead-wrinkling school of emoting. Constance Grady, Vox, "Riverdale’s return to the ’90s is the show at its nonsensical batshit best," 11 Nov. 2018 Her throbbing angry forehead vein alone deserves an Emmy nomination., "This Is Keri Russell's Time To Shine — Welcome To The Russell-ution, Comrades," 13 July 2018 Just minutes into the night shift at Lowe’s, beads of sweat sparkle on Bol Gai Deng’s forehead. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "By day, he runs for president of South Sudan. By night, he unloads trucks at Lowe’s.," 7 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 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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