front·line | \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn \

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


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


if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital


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

That policy, aimed at preventing burnout and reducing turnover, has made United Shore somewhat unique in the mortgage business, where frontline jobs often require long working hours and sometimes weekends. Detroit Free Press, "United Shore mortgage moves into new, amenity-filled Pontiac HQ," 23 June 2018 There’s always room for another frontline starter, and the bullpen could certainly use one more shutdown, late-inning option. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Analysis: Manny Machado trade would be right move at right time for Arizona Diamondbacks," 27 June 2018 About midnight July 8, an 18-year-old American Red Cross ambulance driver serving with the Italian army is distributing chocolates and cigarettes to frontline soldiers when an Austrian mortar shell bursts nearby. Robert R. Garnett, WSJ, "A Lost Love Gave Us Hemingway’s Spare Prose," 6 July 2018 According to employee surveys, many frontline workers believed the executives were out of touch and overpaid, the report said. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Report: Lax Goodwill Omaha allowed CEO to make $1 mln a year," 26 June 2018 Touré’s team has vaccinated 1,611, including 574 frontline health workers. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response," 23 June 2018 Bavaria has been Germany’s frontline state in the migration crisis, with the biggest influx coming from neighboring Austria. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Merkel’s Government Avoids Collapse Over Migrant Battle, at Least for Now," 18 June 2018 With America’s lust for energy (the U.S. accounts for 18 percent of the world's energy consumption), the impacts on frontline families remains uncertain. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Fracking: The Environmental Crisis in Our Backyard," 13 June 2018 That was the pitch that made him a frontline starter many nights. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Danny Duffy good again, Royals and 100 losses, and, oh yes, the Chiefs," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Balboa agreed and noted that with leading forward Jozy Altidore having undergone foot surgery in May, the look of the front line may have been different. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How would the United States have fared in this World Cup? Tim Howard, USMNT vets weigh in," 27 June 2018 The front line has quickly become a DIY project with the departures of several key starters, including an all-conference selection in Jojo Wicker and Alani Latu. Matt Murschel,, "Arizona State counts on Herm Edwards to lead revival, is No. 79 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 June 2018 On the front lines of the outbreak, health officials use a tool called contact tracing to break the chain of transmission of the Ebola virus. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'ongoing' but WHO is 'cautiously optimistic'," 8 June 2018 At the time of that interview, the Blind Boys’ front line still boasted four of its original five singers — Fountain, Jimmy Carter, George Scott and Johnny Fields. George Varga,, "Blind Boys' vocal legend Clarence Fountain, dead at 88, remembered in his own inimitable words," 6 June 2018 As doctors struggle to find balance in the prescription of opioids for chronic pain patients, emergency rooms on the front lines of the epidemic are also working to prevent new addictions and potentially stem current ones. Aubrey Nagle,, "How Philly ER docs combat opioids, local biz learns from bias training | Morning Newsletter," 29 May 2018 But doctors like me who work on the front lines of PTSD are feeling the limitations of that focus. Shaili Jain, STAT, "Preventing PTSD: calling Dr. Tetris?," 14 May 2018 The war record of those few that did reach the front line is unclear, but the tanks were slow enough that they would likely have been outflanked and destroyed by swifter German armor. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'," 18 Apr. 2018 The front line of that fight lies here in the northeast, where 90% of Brazil’s donkeys can be found meandering among small farming communities. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil Debates Fate of Millions of Idled Donkeys," 7 Apr. 2018

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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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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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