fore·​noon ˈfȯr-ˌnün How to pronounce forenoon (audio)
: the early part of the day ending with noon : morning

Examples of forenoon in a Sentence

enjoy the relatively cool forenoon, for the afternoon promises to be a scorcher
Recent Examples on the Web Evan O'Neill Kane, chief surgeon of Kane Summit Hospital, performed an operation upon himself for chronic appendicitis this forenoon. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 19 July 2013 In the forenoon the wind blew quite freshly from the west. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Dec. 2021 Our intent is that the party would arrive in the forenoon, have luncheon, attend a parade, return to Downton Abbey for tea and Dine, leaving after breakfast the next day. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 18 Sep. 2019 Here are the first few paragraphs of the story: SWEETWATER DAM IS BROKEN BY FLOODS EIGHT FOOT CUT MADE IN NORTH END BY FLOODS An eight-foot cut in the north side of the Sweetwater dam went out this forenoon., 28 Jan. 2018 The storms were expected to diminish Wednesday morning, but instead continued through much of the forenoon before moving off to the southeast. Tom Skilling,, 12 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forenoon was in the 15th century

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“Forenoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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fore·​noon -ˌnün How to pronounce forenoon (audio)
: the early part of the day ending with noon : morning

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