front bench

noun
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

Definition of front bench

: either of the two benches nearest the chair in a British legislature (such as the House of Commons) occupied by government and opposition leaders; also : the leaders themselves — compare backbench

front-bencher

play \ˈfrənt-ˈben-chər\ noun

Examples of front bench in a Sentence

  1. He challenged the views of his party's front bench.

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First Known Use of front bench

circa 1889

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Definition of front bench for English Language Learners

  • : the front row of seats on both sides in a British legislature (such as the House of Commons) where the leaders sit; also : the leaders themselves


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