fore·​name | \ ˈfȯr-ˌnām How to pronounce forename (audio) \

Definition of forename

: a name that precedes one's surname

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Examples of forename in a Sentence

a long string of forenames was given to the latest addition to the royal family

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Removing professional athletes and a couple of Hollywood personalities who once called Cleveland home, the contemporary list of recognizable forenames is essentially narrowed to a single person: Tamir. Phillip Morris,, "Cleveland is still holding a smoking gun: Phillip Morris," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of forename

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forename was in 1533

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