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front

noun \ ˈfrənt \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of front

1 a : forehead; also : the whole face
b : external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity
2 a (1) : vanguard
(2) : a line of battle
(3) : a zone of conflict between armies
b (1) : a stand on an issue : policy
(2) : an area of activity or interest
  • progress on the educational front
(3) : a movement linking divergent elements to achieve common objectives; especially : a political coalition
3 : a side of a building; especially : the side that contains the principal entrance
4 a : the forward part or surface
b (1) : frontage
(2) : a beach promenade at a seaside resort
c : dickey 1a
d : the boundary between two dissimilar air masses
5 archaic : beginning
6 a (1) : a position ahead of a person or of the foremost part of a thing
(2) used as a call by a hotel desk clerk in summoning a bellhop
b : a position of leadership or superiority
7 a : a person, group, or thing used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual controlling agent
b : a person who serves as the nominal head or spokesman of an enterprise or group to lend it prestige
in front of
: directly before or ahead of
out front
: in the audience

Examples of front in a Sentence

  1. the front of the church features a magnificent stained-glass window

  2. that smile is just a front—I don't think she actually likes me at all

Origin and Etymology of front

Middle English, from Anglo-French frunt, front, from Latin front-, frons

front Synonyms

Synonyms
exterior, facade (also façade), face, forehead, forepart
Antonyms
back, rear, rearward, reverse
Related Words
outside, skin, surface, veneer
Near Antonyms
innards, inside, interior

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front

verb

Definition of front

intransitive verb
1 : to have the front or principal side adjacent to something; also : to have frontage on something
  • a ten-acre plot fronting on a lake
  • Current Biography
2 a : to act or serve as a cover or front (see 1front 7a) for something or someone
  • … a new initiative targeting brothels and massage parlors fronting for sex trafficking rings.
  • —St. John Barned-Smith
b US, informal : to assume a fake or false personality to conceal one's true identity and character
  • Don't front, don't put something out there that you feel isn't realistic and doesn't portray who you are.
  • —Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Look, we all know you got your heart broken. Stop fronting and write a love song.
  • —Allison Keyes
transitive verb
1 a : confront
  • went to the woods because I wished … to front only the essential facts of life
  • —H. D. Thoreau
b : to appear before
  • daily fronted him in some fresh splendor
  • —Alfred Tennyson
2 a : to be in front of
  • a lawn fronting the house
b : to be the leader of (a musical group)
  • appeared as a soloist and fronted bands
3 : to face toward or have frontage on
  • the house fronts the street
4 : to supply a front to
  • fronted the building with bricks
5 a : to articulate (a sound) with the tongue farther forward
b : to move (a word or phrase) to the beginning of a sentence
6 basketball : to play in front of (an opposing player) rather than between the player and the basket
7 : to give (someone) the money, material, etc. needed to do something : advance 7
  • She fronted them a loan to get the start-up going.

Examples of front in a Sentence

  1. The house fronts Main Street.

  2. The house fronts on Main Street.

  3. He is now fronting a different band.

  4. He fronts a talk show.

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First Known Use of front

1523

front Synonyms

Synonyms
face, look (toward), point (toward)
Related Words
abut, adjoin, border, bound, fringe, margin, meet, neighbor, rim, skirt, touch; command, dominate, overlook; look down (on)

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front

adjective

Definition of front

1 a : of, relating to, or situated at the front
b : acting as a front
  • front company
2 : articulated at or toward the front of the oral passage
  • front vowels
3 : constituting the first nine holes of an 18-hole golf course

front

adverb

Examples of front in a Sentence

  1. There's a small statue on the front lawn.

  2. He keeps his wallet in his front pocket.

Recent Examples of front from the Web

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First Known Use of front

1600

front Synonyms

Synonyms
anterior, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)
Antonyms
aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward
Related Words
ventral
Near Antonyms
dorsal

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front

abbreviation

Definition of front


FRONT Defined for English Language Learners

front

noun

Definition of front for English Language Learners

  • : the forward part or surface of something : the part of something that is seen first

  • : a place, position, or area that is most forward or is directly ahead

  • : the part of your body that faces forward and includes your face and chest


front

verb

Definition of front for English Language Learners

  • : to have the face or front toward (something)

  • : to be the leader or lead singer of (a musical group)

  • : to host or present (a radio or TV program)


front

adjective

Definition of front for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the front : located at the front

  • golf —used to refer to the first 9 holes of an 18-hole golf course


FRONT Defined for Kids

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front

noun \ ˈfrənt \

Definition of front for Students

1 : the forward part or surface
  • the front of a shirt
  • I stood at the front of the line.
2 : a region in which active warfare is taking place
3 : the boundary between bodies of air at different temperatures
  • a cold front
in front of
: directly before or ahead of
  • She sat in front of me.

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front

verb

Definition of front for Students

fronted; fronting
: 2face 1
  • Their cottage fronts the lake.

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front

adjective

Definition of front for Students

: situated at the front
  • front legs
  • the front door

Law Dictionary

front

noun

legal Definition of front

: something or someone (as a person or group) used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual person or organization in control

front

verb


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