\ ˈfrənt How to pronounce front (audio) \

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
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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Other Words from front


front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

facade (also façade), face, forehead, 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

The property at 4601 Newgate Ave. in Southeast Baltimore fronts deep-water channels needed for the largest ships that call on port of Baltimore. Meredith Cohn,, "Real estate firm buys Baltimore waterfront property with an eye toward port-related business," 14 June 2019 The 7,500-square-foot townhouse fronts a 1/8th-acre yard with a new garden house. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Brussels’ Hip Ixelles District Lures Affluent New Admirers," 28 Mar. 2018 Carolyn Pinta said that Molly will be a youth grand marshal at the Pride Parade in Chicago later this month and will out front with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot – the city’s new, openly gay chief executive. Karie Angell Luc,, "First Pride Parade rolls in Buffalo Grove: 'It's a huge deal in the community'," 3 June 2019 The experimental group, fronted by Jamie Stewart, embarks on this endeavor following the classic show’s recent resurgence. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Ric Wilson, Xiu Xiu, Ohmme," 2 Jan. 2018 Now the co-founder of the ‘70s band—who has previously claimed never to have been drunk or high in his life — is inexplicably fronting a marijuana brand. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: AT&T Announces Streaming Bundle; WPP Resists Breakup Talk; YouTube Brand Safety Issues Linger," 20 Apr. 2018 Embiid and Ben Simmons front a dynamic young core of Sixers talent. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "The Miami Heat is about to shock the 'it'-team 76ers in the playoffs, and here's why | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 In addition to her solo singer-songwriter work, Finn also fronts Cleveland rock band The Whiskey Hollow. Anne Nickoloff,, "Madeline Finn continues past 'American Idol' audition stage," 26 Mar. 2018 Limantour Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore fronts Drakes Bay and extends north to the inlet of Drakes Estero, south for miles into wilderness. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday drive to Marin County’s Limantour Beach," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

An electronic tablet was stolen from a business entered by breaking the front glass door. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 20 June 2019 The request comes nearly five months after police burst through the front door of 7815 Harding Street during a no-knock raid, kicking off a shoot-out that ended in the deaths of Rhogena Nicholas and her husband Dennis Tuttle. Keri Blakinger And St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "DA threatens to subpoena police for names of informants behind deadly Harding Street drug raid," 20 June 2019 The ribbon was cut, the front door was opened, and the promise was kept. Juliana Kim,, "'This is going to save lives starting today': Baltimore's sixth Safe Streets site opens in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay," 19 June 2019 The front door doesn’t even have a lock, according to Encore Boston Harbor’s president. Joshua Miller,, "The Encore Boston Harbor casino opens Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know," 19 June 2019 Avondale police shot him just feet outside the front door of his house — the house where Garcia still lives. Bree Burkitt,, "A frantic call, a final standoff: 'Please don't hurt him. He just needs help'," 19 June 2019 The front door was open as the family’s large sheep dog barked from the back porch. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Aptos murder-suicide shocks hillside neighborhood," 19 June 2019 An acquaintance of the victim told police someone had broken in through the front door and shot him. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Masked intruders at large after critically wounding man at Fort Worth apartment," 18 June 2019 During the argument, Jordinson ordered Shanahan to leave their home and began to throw his clothes and other belongings out the front door. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor," 18 June 2019

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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)
British : 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


\ ˈfrənt How to pronounce front (audio) \

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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