fore·​noon | \ ˈfȯr-ˌnün How to pronounce forenoon (audio) , fȯr-ˈnün \

Definition of forenoon

: the early part of the day ending with noon : morning

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Examples of forenoon in a Sentence

enjoy the relatively cool forenoon, for the afternoon promises to be a scorcher
Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of forenoon

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Forenoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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