front·​line | \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn How to pronounce frontline (audio) \

Definition of frontline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

front line


Definition of front line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units also : front sense 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

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Examples of frontline in a Sentence


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


These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Join us in calling upon Kaiser to return to its core values and get back on track in treating frontline workers fairly and delivering high-quality care to our Colorado communities. Shelly Fowlkes, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Over 3,000 Colorado Kaiser frontline workers ready to strike for quality patient care," 23 Aug. 2019 Nearly half of the samples—including 57 percent in East London and about 41 percent in less crowded West London—contained bacteria resistant to two or more frontline antibiotics. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Mind the Staph: London Is Crawling with Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes," 1 Aug. 2019 Gone are frontline enforcers such as Bryce Benhart, Jack Hansen and Eli and Will Mostaert, who helped produce some of the most dominant line play in recent memory. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: Defending 6A champ Lakeville North still confident, hungry," 12 Aug. 2019 The Steelers had only a handful of frontline players on Heinz Field in Friday night’s 30-28 victory over the Bucs in the preseason opener for both teams. Rick Stroud,, "A lot to like in Bucs’ preseason opener, even if it came against Steelers’ backups," 10 Aug. 2019 In his new role, Hradil will be responsible for marketing all inbound and outbound frontline international repertoire to and from the US. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at BMG, Warner Chappell Music, Audiomack & More," 2 Aug. 2019 But the Mets are not the only hurdle to the Yankees acquiring a frontline starter. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees could pivot and trade for relief pitching," 29 July 2019 Prioritize rural advancement, frontline communities, and marginalized voices. NBC News, "Michigan GOP Rep. says he won't run again in 2020," 25 July 2019 Women backline costumes range from $165-350USD whereas midline and frontline costumes cost between $400-850USD. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Tell Dem We Reach! A First-Timer’s Guide to Caribana, Toronto's Caribbean Carnival," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This also honors the work of so many unknown students, especially young women who have been speaking out for climate action on the front lines for years. Teen Vogue, "Greta Thunberg Has Already Changed the United States for the Better for Teen Climate Activists Like Us," 29 Aug. 2019 Kee was one of 20 runners who were a crucial communication lifeline between units and from command posts to the front lines. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants," 25 Aug. 2019 In Alaska, state and federal agencies work together to monitor and manage fires through the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center and deploy firefighters to the front lines – including a record number of smoke-jumpers this year. Nancy Fresco, The Conversation, "Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning," 14 Aug. 2019 The discovery of a six pound French cannonball in the area also suggests that Napoleon was able to bring the French artillery close enough to the front lines late in the day of battle to punish the Allied forces. Allen Kim, CNN, "Human remains and musket balls found at battle site marking Napoleon Bonaparte's final defeat," 18 July 2019 Photographer André Liohn takes us inside the battle for Tripoli, visiting hospitals treating the wounded, and to the front lines with fighters battling Mr. Haftar’s forces. WSJ, "Inside Libya’s Brutal Battle for Control of Tripoli," 28 June 2019 Mexico’s security personnel had not been trained in immigration enforcement and were being sent to the front lines of the country’s high-stakes effort to stop migration. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A Salvadoran teen wanted to reunite with her father in Santa Cruz. She was shot dead in Mexico.," 24 June 2019 On the front lines, Cardenas and his unit were ambushed. Sig Christenson,, "At 100, ex-POW still hears the ‘Screaming Mimis’," 5 Aug. 2019 Most of the casualties have been caused by Russian and Syrian airstrikes, which have pummeled towns and villages far from the front lines. Liz Sly, Washington Post, "U.N. to investigate accusations that Russia, Syria are deliberately targeting hospitals," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of frontline


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of frontline was circa 1797

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English Language Learners Definition of front line

: an area where soldiers are fighting
: the most important and active position in a job or field of activity

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