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

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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

Adjective if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital Noun 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 The city of Chicago is currently vaccinating people 65 and older, frontline essential workers and residents of specific ZIP codes. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "More Illinois residents are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Here are some of the best tweets from happy post-vaxxers," 29 Mar. 2021 The audience was comprised exclusively of frontline workers at the Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the performance kicked off a pilot program designed to serve as a model for Broadway houses to reopen safely. Chris Gardner, Billboard, "Nathan Lane, Savion Glover Perform During Historic Reopening of Broadway Venue," 6 Apr. 2021 The tally comes the day after Gov. Kate Brown announced that vaccine eligibility would be expanded Monday to include not just frontline workers, but their families as well. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: 476 new cases, 6 new deaths reported as state nears 2 million vaccine doses administered," 3 Apr. 2021 Currently, healthcare personnel, long-term care residents, frontline essential workers and residents 65 and over are able to be vaccinated. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Mississippi is the second state to open up vaccines for all residents 16 and up. Here's what other states are doing," 16 Mar. 2021 For weeks, Lamont and his officials have said that frontline essential workers and people with comorbidities would be next in line for vaccinations, after residents aged 65 and up. Emily Brindley,, "Under Lamont’s new COVID-19 vaccination plan for Connecticut, people with high-risk medical conditions have lost their place in line," 24 Feb. 2021 People ages 16 to 44 with underlying conditions and more frontline workers will be granted eligibility starting April 19. oregonlive, "Oregon plummets in national rankings of COVID-19 vaccinations, but state officials express little worry," 20 Mar. 2021 The majority of states have already vaccinated many of their frontline essential workers and residents over 75 years old. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "U.S. reaches COVID-19 vaccine milestone of 100 million shots," 13 Mar. 2021 The complaint by three Legal Aid associations argues that Connecticut’s residents of color are disproportionately represented in the categories of frontline essential workers and people with underlying health conditions. Emily Brindley,, "Connecticut organizations allege Lamont’s age-based COVID-19 vaccine rollout discriminates against Black and brown residents," 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First responders and front line health care workers who contract COVID-19 will be presumed eligible for workers' compensation for eight more months, under a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Tim Walz. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota extends workers' comp for first responders hit by COVID-19," 27 Apr. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this month that those who were fully vaccinated were 90% less likely to become infected with COVID-19 after testing nearly 4,000 front line workers and essential staff for 13 weeks. Kristen Griffith,, "Johns Hopkins doctor: Vaccine is ‘most well-researched COVID intervention’," 25 Apr. 2021 In the earlier phases of vaccination — largely limited to healthcare and front line workers — the numbers were small, Deo said. Washington Post, "Parts of India grapple with vaccine shortages as infections surge to record," 9 Apr. 2021 Phase 1b originally included those over age 65 and essential front line workers such as teachers, postal carriers, corrections officers, grocery store clerks, shelter and day care workers and public transit workers. Alicia Fabbre,, "Will County hits 100,000 mark in COVID-19 vaccinations," 26 Feb. 2021 People 65 and older, as well as front line health care workers can now book appointments to get their shots at the new Moscone Center vaccination site. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area and beyond: Feb. 4-10, 2021," 18 Feb. 2021 The krewe has collected donations of more than $1 million to support restaurants, front line health care workers and culture bearers during the pandemic. Doug Maccash,, "See a New Orleans home transform into a $15,000 stationary 'float' for Mardi Gras 2021," 11 Jan. 2021 The public information campaign lags behind the nation's vaccination effort, which began on Dec. 14 with front line health care workers. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Federal education campaign to emphasize power of COVID-19 vaccine set to launch in January," 30 Dec. 2020 The state is currently working through approximately 300,000 front line health care workers while pharmaceutical giants CVS and Walgreens are giving shots to the 60,000 or so people who live or work in senior care. oregonlive, "UO finds ‘concerning’ coronavirus vaccine hesitance, urges more aggressive public health messaging," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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2 May 2021

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“Frontline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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