\ ˈfrənt How to pronounce front (audio) \

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
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)

Other Words from front


front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of front in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb The house fronts Main Street. The house fronts on Main Street. He is now fronting a different band. He fronts a talk show. Adjective There's a small statue on the front lawn. He keeps his wallet in his front pocket. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another favorite story on the tour is about the statue of General Joe Hooker, located in front of the public entrance to the Statehouse. Pamela Wright,, 6 May 2022 The Mets bashed eight hits and scored seven runs in the ninth inning off James Norwood and closer Corey Knebel to pull off an improbable 8-7 victory over the Phillies in front of 24,040 fans on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. Andrew Tredinnick, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Strange ends up in front of a panel called the Illuminati, consisting not only of Richards, but also Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Mordo Himself (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). Evan Romano, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 The key is to look at the one that is in front of your organization now and help your teams learn how to have adaptability in their mindset to see that every challenge provides a new opportunity. Dr. Denise Trudeau-poskas, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Miami-Dade Police in front of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Monday. Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 5 May 2022 London and Lomé, Delali’s community are active collaborators in the dialogue, both in front of and behind the camera. Vogue, 5 May 2022 The crash happened at about 7:20 p.m. on U.S. 71, when a northbound 2018 Chevrolet Cruz turned in front of a 2017 Harley Davidson headed in the opposite direction, according to a preliminary crash report from state police. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 5 May 2022 His hair is grayer, his hat is dirtier, and the road in front of him is suddenly a lot shorter than the road behind. Joe Otterson, Variety, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What motivated Celano to front for the Outfit is murkier. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Prominent female advocates against harassment, discrimination and violence against women have joined forces to front a new campaign on the eve of International Women's Day. Alicia Vrajlal,, 6 Mar. 2022 After the vehicles have been transported to Kolkata, in West Bengal, teams depart for Darjeeling and into the foothills that front the roof of the world. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2022 Tom Holland has teamed with the luxury fashion house to front the campaign for its Spring/Summer 2022 menswear collection from designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Jan. 2022 Yale New Haven Health will front the cost of the expansion by funding lab supplies and equipment, additional nursing faculty and scholarships for students. Eliza Fawcett,, 31 Mar. 2022 Smoove will front One Course with JB Smoove, Presented by Caesars Sportsbook, which is set to debut on the regional sports network Feb. 25 at 11 PM. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 Players unable to front that kind of money didn’t have to wait long before gaining more affordable access to A.I.-based strategies. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Southwest will front funding the expansion, although the city will reimburse the airline for the cost through rent paid by carriers that use the seventh general-use gate. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Music drama Queens, meanwhile, was a front-runner since it was put in development in early 2021. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 The contrast, at that point, could have been unkind: The early G.O.P. front-runner was Josh Mandel, a former state treasurer and two-time Senate candidate. New York Times, 4 May 2022 President Biden selected Powell to sit a second term to lead the bank in November, after spending months considering the credentials of the other front-runner, Lael Brainard, who is currently the Fed’s vice chair. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 4 May 2022 But in recent weeks, Budd has surged to front-runner status in the increasingly contentious primary showdown that also includes former Gov. Pat McCrory, and former Rep. Mark Walker. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 4 May 2022 Bass emerged as a front-runner late in the process. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The front-runner had his chance in the UAE Derby at 1 3/16 miles but couldn’t hold off Crown Pride down the stretch. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 The front-runner had his chance in the UAE Derby at 1 3/16 miles but couldn’t hold off Crown Pride down the stretch. Jason Frakes, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Traditional party power brokers haven’t coalesced behind a front-runner because none has emerged. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'front.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About front

Time Traveler for front

Time Traveler

The first known use of front was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near front




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for front

Last Updated

8 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Front.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for front


\ ˈfrənt How to pronounce front (audio) \

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

Other Words from front

front verb

More from Merriam-Webster on front

Nglish: Translation of front for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of front for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about front


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!