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

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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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Her hair is center-parted and swept across her forehead and tucked behind each ear. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Wearing Her Hair Up and in a Bun At The Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 According to the report, Smith had numerous abrasions on his forehead, cheek and upper lip. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Meth overdose caused death of man in Sacramento police custody, autopsy finds," 21 June 2018 The former typically just shows up in a few key areas, for example, like your forehead, armpits, and the palms of your hand and soles of your feet, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "11 Potential Causes of Those Night Sweats That Leave You Drenched," 30 June 2018 Translucent Setting Powder and lightly blots it on her chin, forehead, and under her eyes to set her makeup. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Madelaine Petsch Shares Summer Makeup Beauty Tutorial," 28 June 2018 The space agency began collecting blood, spit, and swabs (from foreheads, armpits, and yes, buttholes) from astronauts back in 2013, and gathered the final round this past February. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "NASA's Astro-Mice Will Test What Space Does to Your Gut," 28 June 2018 A few days ago, in a TD Ameritrade clubhouse, Shaddy removed his cap to reveal a red splotch on the right side of his forehead just below the hairline. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "A College World Series Filled With Hog Hats, Hammers and Championship Belts," 23 June 2018 Grady was recovering from the biopsy, which required a small piece of his skull to be removed and reattached, leaving a large horseshoe shaped incision from the top of his forehead to just past his right ear. Beth Kassab,, "Brain cancer: Words no one wants to hear," 23 May 2018 In the image, which was shared with The New Yorker, Schneiderman has a black eye and a bandage across the left side of his forehead. Author: Marwa Eltagouri, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "New York’s attorney general resigns after four women accuse him of physical abuse," 8 May 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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