\ˈfrənt \

Definition of front 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : forehead also : the whole face

b : external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity

2a(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

4a : the forward part or surface

b(1) : frontage

(2) : a beach promenade at a seaside resort

c : dickey sense 1a

d : the boundary between two dissimilar air masses

5 archaic : beginning

6a(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

7a : 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


fronted; fronting; fronts

Definition of front (Entry 2 of 4)

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

2a : to act or serve as a cover or front (see front entry 1 sense 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

1a : 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

2a : 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

5a : 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 sense 7 She fronted them a loan to get the start-up going.



Definition of front (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : 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



Definition of front (Entry 4 of 4)

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front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

facade (also façade), face, forepart

Synonyms: Verb

face, look (toward), point (toward)

Synonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)

Antonyms: Noun

back, rear, rearward, reverse

Antonyms: Adjective

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

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Examples of front in a Sentence


the front of the church features a magnificent stained-glass window that smile is just a front—I don't think she actually likes me at all


The house fronts Main Street. The house fronts on Main Street. He is now fronting a different band. He fronts a talk show.


There's a small statue on the front lawn. He keeps his wallet in his front pocket.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Don Balon are also claiming that the Merseyside Reds have fronted up an offer of £88m for the player, as Klopp is said to be eager to mount a challenge for the Premier League title next season., "Spanish Report Claims German Star Has 'Snubbed Real Madrid' in Favour of Summer Move to Liverpool," 27 Mar. 2018 And Accorsi has fronted other searches that have ended with the hiring of a Belichick disciple (including Thomas Dimitroff as Atlanta Falcons GM). Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions president Rod Wood insists: 'We're not trying to replicate Patriots'," 14 Feb. 2018 But the city will front the remaining costs — generally a few hundred dollars per student — that can be a barrier for students. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Free tuition recipients begin college journey with BCCC orientation course," 25 June 2018 Raised by Wolves adds a twist by fronting the hidden bar concept with a retail location. Brady Macdonald,, "Raised by Wolves brings hidden bar concept to suburban mall," 11 May 2018 The Mirror has reported that the fan in question spat at, verbally abused and tried to punch Aguero during the unsavoury incident - actions that led the Argentina international to angrily respond by pushing him away before fronting his adversary., "Sergio Aguero Not Looking to Press Charges After Post-Match Confrontation With Wigan Fan," 23 Feb. 2018 And that’s just as well because one of those sisters, Anissa Rodriguez, left the fold in 2016 But they're still fronted by Alexia Rodriguez, whose powerful clean vocals have defined their sound from the beginning. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks: Anarbor, Eyes Set to Kill, Fayuca, Jared & the Mill, Bear Ghost," 7 July 2018 But Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Pavilion, Anderson reminded the crowd that a band fronted by a flute can rock, and hard. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018 For the first time, the various opposition parties — secularists, Islamists, nationalists and Kurds — are uniting their efforts against Erdogan, and the parties are fronted by charismatic figures who have staged more energized campaigns. Washington Post, "Despite the odds, Turkey’s opposition mounts tough challenge," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Pizza Hut The pizza chain under Yum Brands might look like a front-runner. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Pizza Hut, Kroger, Republic Bank? Who wants Cardinal Stadium naming rights," 13 July 2018 Potential buyers include Royal Dutch Shell and the California oil major Chevron, but BP is thought to be the front-runner, Drillinginfo said. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Oil, gas deal surge likely in coming months," 11 July 2018 Kavanaugh had been considered a front-runner ever since Kennedy's June 27 retirement announcement. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump Supreme pick Kavanaugh prepping for confirmation war; FBI lovebirds facing hot seat," 10 July 2018 Known by colleagues as excitable with a traders’ penchant for profanity, Mr. Pick’s track record in the securities business has nevertheless marked him as the front-runner. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Elevates CEO Contender," 10 July 2018 Kavanaugh has emerged as one of the front-runners in Trump’s search for justice to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Potential Supreme Court Nominee, Is No Friend to Net Neutrality," 10 July 2018 Grealish stole a lot of the headlines during the campaign, and has already been linked with a move to England’s top flight, with Tottenham the front runners to secure the youngster., "Steve Bruce Concedes Aston Villa Must Sell Host of Top Stars in Order to Avoid Administration," 10 July 2018 Others suggest the Brewers are the front runners to acquire the talented slugger. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What does Brewers' pursuit of Orioles' Manny Machado tell us? Well, it tells us a lot.," 9 July 2018 Once considered the front-runner for the position, some reports on Monday said his stock was slipping. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Possible Supreme Court pick Kethledge's ties to University of Michigan," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of front


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1523, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for front


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

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English Language Learners Definition of front

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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


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Kids Definition of front

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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.


fronted; fronting

Kids Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

: face entry 2 sense 1 Their cottage fronts the lake.



Kids Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: situated at the front front legs the front door



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

Other Words from front

front verb

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