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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Applying to the forehead a plaster of ground-up boiled earthworms encased in linen was another. Sibbie O'sullivan, Washington Post, "Migraines have plagued me for years. A new book puts my pain in perspective.," 10 June 2019 Not to mention, no one wants squint-eye and forehead wrinkles., "10 running tips for surviving Portland’s heatwave," 10 June 2019 Black rectangular reading glasses elegantly set off his pale complexion and top-to-bottom verticality: tall body (6-foot-6), tall nose, tall forehead. Devin Gordon, New York Times, "Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich N.B.A. Elite," 6 June 2019 Research suggests that 90% of people who self-diagnosed a sinus headache, which also involves pressure in the forehead or brow, actually had a migraine. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is It a Migraine or a Another Headache? How to Tell the Difference, According to Neurologists," 28 May 2019 But in a subsequent scene his forehead scar is gone and his chest scar has moved to the right. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Turns Out That Starbucks Cup Is Just One of Many 'Game of Thrones' Continuity Errors," 9 May 2019 Cleveland police say she was shot in the forehead about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, ""They took my baby": Girl, 9, fatally shot while sitting inside car in Cleveland," 22 June 2018 The resident was taken to a hospital on Aug. 25, 2017, after being found on a dining room floor next to a wheelchair and bleeding from a forehead laceration., "State Fines Nursing Homes Following Injuries To Residents," 18 June 2018 At Burberry, taut, sopping-wet knots featured baby hairs gelled intricately to the forehead, while both JW Anderson and Richard Quinn put forth glassy, sculptural coifs. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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