\ 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

However, teacher Tania Reed's class will continue on the shore of the barrier island city, which fronts the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County. Tiffini Theisen,, "Florida man complains about beach yoga, tries to get class shut down," 13 July 2018 The fans who had fronted the money also bought tickets. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 But Lord Sugar, who fronts the UK version of the 'The Apprentice' on BBC, initially refused to back down and maintained that his tweet was 'funny'., "Lord Sugar Accused of Racism After 'Joke Picture' Tweet About the Senegal Team," 20 June 2018 By early afternoon, Shannon Haffa, the movie’s untested lead who fronts a local rock band while studying for a degree and working in a medical-records office, readied for her scene. Adam Thompson, WSJ, "The ‘Captain America’ You Probably Missed," 18 June 2018 In the pre-freeway era, the parcel held a car dealership that fronted old 10 Mile Road. Detroit Free Press, "Pet spa, yoga studio part of Royal Oak apartment-retail development," 13 June 2018 Turks and Caicos Islands On the other side of Providenciales in the non-touristy neighborhood called Blue Hills, Da Conch Shack on Blue Hills Beach is a world away from the posh resorts that front Grace Bay Beach. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 LeBlanc originally joined Top Gear in 2016 as co-host alongside British radio personality Chris Evans following the controversial exit of Jeremy Clarkson, who had fronted the hugely popular show for over a decade. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Matt LeBlanc Leaving BBC's 'Top Gear'," 31 May 2018 Police swarm to what seems to be a terrorist attack as a car speeds up to the Swedish National Museum, a grand building that fronts onto the city’s bay. The Economist, "The many ways art goes missing," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Donning turnout gear and his air mask, Carter and the crew captain entered through the front door without a hose line. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Young said that during the rehab work, the front door of her apartment was barricaded for a day, trapping her inside. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 Sinnott’s law would implement a universal sign system for people with mobility issues, with emergency placards affixed near their front doors. Lizzie Johnson,, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 And the 2800 block is close enough to Hamilton Elementary/Middle School so that a 9-year-old girl could run out her front door 10 minutes before the first bell rings and make it to class on time. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018 After all, most of the other units in this building, the city’s first high-rise condominium complex, have only one front door. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4-bedroom Tarkington Tower condo for $550K means amenities plus view," 13 July 2018 The video shows what appears to be a man apparently armed with a rifle or pistol-grip shotgun brazenly walking up to the front door of the family's home. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Life is completely not normal’: Chugiak family’s life turned upside down by burglary," 12 July 2018 The man who asked the question casually followed her out the front door, the video showed. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Distraction thieves shown on video stealing from English visitor in Dania Beach hotel," 12 July 2018 Police found a note hanging on the front door that indicated Stidd had gone on vacation. The Olympian Staff, The Seattle Times, "Man gets 41-year sentence for killing Olympia woman whose body was never found," 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

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front verb

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