frontline

adjective front·line \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of frontline

1 : relating to, being, or involved in a front line
  • frontline ambulances
2 : first-rate
  • frontline teachers
; also : first-string
  • a frontline goalie

Examples of frontline in a Sentence

  1. if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital

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First Known Use of frontline

1915

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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front line

noun

Definition of front line

1 a : a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units; also : front 2a(2)
b : an area of potential or actual conflict or struggle
2 : the most advanced, responsible, or visible position in a field or activity

Examples of front line in a Sentence

  1. These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer.

  2. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor.

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First Known Use of front line

circa 1797

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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front line Synonyms

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Definition of front line for English Language Learners

  • : an area where soldiers are fighting

  • : the most important and active position in a job or field of activity



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