front man


: a person serving as a front or figurehead
: the lead performer in a musical group

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He’s spoken candidly over the years to journalists and podcasters about his struggles adjusting to no longer being the front man of a hotly touted, up-and-coming band. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2023 The upcoming breakup, after a 19-year run, will be between Urie and, well, Urie — by 2016, the front man was the only official member of the band left standing. Vulture, 24 Jan. 2023 The vibe went from smooth to triumphant when Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl made a surprise appearance to play a guitar solo and swap vocals with Richie. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 6 Nov. 2022 Drew Gehling, taking on Jason Lee’s role of dopey front man Jeff Bebe, exaggerates his stupidity to the point of absurdity. Vulture, 3 Nov. 2022 Nathaniel Rateliff, front man of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. CBS News, 21 Oct. 2022 Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan was also among the many paying tribute to Presley on Thursday night. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 In the 2000s, the then-front man for the platinum-selling rap-rock act Gym Class Heroes became addicted to opioids after being prescribed them for a knee injury. Marianne Eloise, Vulture, 15 July 2022 Kevin Cronin joined the band, left and returned in 1976 to be the group’s front man. Dallas News, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of front man was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Front man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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