front line

1 of 2


: a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units
: an area of potential or actual conflict or struggle
: the most advanced, responsible, or visible position in a field or activity


2 of 2


front·​line ˈfrənt-ˌlīn How to pronounce frontline (audio)
: relating to, being, or involved in a front line
frontline ambulances
: first-rate
frontline teachers
also : first-string
a frontline goalie

Examples of front line in a Sentence

Noun These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor. Adjective if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital
Recent Examples on the Web
Such weather particularly hampers the military that is strung out on multiple front lines by blunting the advantage of its air power, analysts said. Fox News, 7 May 2024 As with many Japanese businesses, Kansai implemented a Kaizen approach to the operation of moving baggage, looking to continually improve and implement suggestions from workers on the front lines. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 6 May 2024 And most train stations along the front line have been attacked by the Russians, and so are not operational. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 May 2024 However, the political wrangling left Ukraine with severe ammunition shortages, leaving its defensive lines dangerously exposed across the 600-mile front line, and Russia has used the delays to push for new ground in Donetsk. Daryna Mayer, NBC News, 30 Apr. 2024 Now, as the weather improves, some of the country’s allies — and even some Ukrainian defense officials — have voiced concerns about whether Russian forces might exploit weakness in Ukrainian fortifications and break through somewhere along the front lines. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 The work put her on the front lines, since drone pilots must operate from the heat of a conflict zone. Paul Mozur Adam Ferguson, New York Times, 4 May 2024 The athletic departments serve as the front lines for improvement, but campus support is essential to any material change. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 3 May 2024 The labor market upheaval over the past few years, often called the Great Resignation, forced organizations to become more competitive than ever with their hiring strategies and put HR on the front line of that battle. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 2 May 2024
Also frontline medical personnel: doctors, nurses and others. Dr. Joel M. Rothaizer, McC, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 The satellite launches have inflamed animosities between the rival Koreas, and both nations have taken steps to breach a previous military agreement meant to ease frontline military tensions. The Associated Press,, 2 Dec. 2023 The elevator and escalator manufacturer’s team has a lot of frontline essential workers who remained active throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. John Kell, Fortune, 23 June 2023 In states where cancer patients are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, limited supply keeps them waiting as health care workers, frontline essential workers, nursing home residents and staff, and other Americans with underlying health conditions fill up available appointments. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2021 Researchers believe changes there help the virus bind more tightly to our cells and hide from frontline immune defenders called antibodies that try to block the virus from invading our cells. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 3 May 2022 Also, frontline essential works, such as firefighters, educators (including teachers, day care workers, and support staff), grocery store employees, public transit workers, postal workers, food and agricultural workers, manufacturing workers, police officers, and corrections officers. Matt Jancer, Wired, 11 Mar. 2021 Ukraine first deployed DroneHunter last May to chase down the Group 1 and 2 drones that Russia was using to spy on frontline Ukrainian troops. Jason Sherman, Scientific American, 3 Apr. 2023 The majority of damage is concentrated in frontline eastern regions, including Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of front line was circa 1797

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“Front line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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