frontline

adjective
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

noun

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 Labeling frontline workers as heroes without first listening to them forecloses their narrative possibilities — and our historical lessons. Matthew Lewis, STAT, "Calling health care workers ‘heroes’ harms all of us," 21 May 2020 The parents — along with their children Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 — took part in the supportive initiative to honor of frontline workers who are currently fighting coronavirus. PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Changed Their Name on Twitter and Instagram," 21 May 2020 Meanwhile, four students at a preparatory school in Coconut Creek, Florida have banded together to print more than 8,500 mask extenders for frontline workers in their area. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Rise of the 3D-Printed Gun," 21 May 2020 Guterres in a three-way video call with frontline mental health workers, Mr. Umair Bachlani in Pakistan and Ms. Charlene Sunkel in South Africa. António Guterres, Time, "We Need to Take Action to Address the Mental Health Crisis in this Pandemic," 21 May 2020 Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Thursday released a new set of guidelines aimed to protect employers and frontline workers returning to work during the pandemic. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for May 21," 21 May 2020 Are frontline workers taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19? Leah Groth, Health.com, "President Trump Says Frontline Workers are Taking Hydroxychloroquine to Prevent Coronavirus—But Are They?," 20 May 2020 The effort will continue for several weeks and feature frontline workers as well as health, economic, and other experts. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman, and more celebs handing over social profiles to COVID-19 experts," 20 May 2020 The special broadcast on WDIV Local 4 will honor frontline workers and heroes of the coronavirus crisis, The Parade Company and Mayor Mike Duggan announced. Branden Hunter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit fireworks to be televised Aug. 31, public viewing not allowed," 20 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On May 5, Adele posted a photo to thank fans for sending her birthday wishes and to shout out health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Sharon Osbourne Doesn’t Believe ‘Really Big Women’ Are ‘Really Happy’ in Their Body," 14 May 2020 Storyful The Blue Angels will do a flyover in Indianapolis on Tuesday to honor workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Here's when and where you can see the Blue Angels fly over Indianapolis on Tuesday," 11 May 2020 Included among them are of course the firefighters streaming in and out from the wildfire’s front lines. Matt Simon, Wired, "Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19," 11 May 2020 In addition to serenading older adults, Johri donated time and resources to show appreciation for medical professionals on the front line. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Houston area entrepreneur brings live music to windows of assisted living residents; sends meals to doctors during pandemic," 8 May 2020 Millions of these masks, produced in China, have been bought by or donated to American hospitals and distributed to others on the front line of the Covid-19 outbreak. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "F.D.A. Bans Faulty Masks, 3 Weeks After Failed Tests," 7 May 2020 Cases continue to spread, with South Korea and Japan on the front line as confusion grows over how China adds up its numbers. Ian Fisher, Bloomberg.com, "Your Weekend Reading: Cracks Develop," 7 May 2020 Editor’s Note: When ordering nonessential items to be delivered, please keep in mind that warehouse and delivery workers on the front lines are putting their personal safety on the line each day to help keep our country running. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 New Serums I'm Currently Obsessed With," 5 May 2020 People on the front line still lack proper personal protective equipment. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, "The End of the Beginning: Seattle Braces for the Next Phase of the Coronavirus Fight," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of frontline

Adjective

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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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Last Updated

27 May 2020

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“Frontline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frontline. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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front line

noun

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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