fore·​mast | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmast How to pronounce foremast (audio) , -məst\

Definition of foremast

: the mast nearest the bow of a ship

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For instance, Luebke adds, the President's flag has historically flown at the mainmast while a different flag for the Vice President is flown at the slightly shorter foremast. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "There's a Reason Behind Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Special Flag Ritual," 13 Oct. 2017

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1582, in the meaning defined above

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fore·​mast | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmast How to pronounce foremast (audio) , -məst\

Kids Definition of foremast

: the mast nearest the bow of the ship

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