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Princeton's WordNet

  1. front, front end, forepartnoun

    the side that is forward or prominent

  2. battlefront, front, front linenoun

    the line along which opposing armies face each other

  3. frontnoun

    the outward appearance of a person

    "he put up a bold front"

  4. frontnoun

    the side that is seen or that goes first

  5. front man, front, figurehead, nominal head, straw man, strawmannoun

    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

  6. frontnoun

    a sphere of activity involving effort

    "the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front"; "they advertise on many different fronts"

  7. frontnoun

    (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses

  8. presence, frontnoun

    the immediate proximity of someone or something

    "she blushed in his presence"; "he sensed the presence of danger"; "he was well behaved in front of company"

  9. frontnoun

    the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer

    "he walked to the front of the stage"

  10. movement, social movement, frontadjective

    a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals

    "he was a charter member of the movement"; "politicians have to respect a mass movement"; "he led the national liberation front"

  11. front(a)verb

    relating to or located in the front

    "the front lines"; "the front porch"

  12. front, look, faceverb

    be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

    "The house looks north"; "My backyard look onto the pond"; "The building faces the park"

  13. front, breastverb

    confront bodily

    "breast the storm"


  1. Frontnoun

    The forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming; as, a bold front; a hardened front; hence, an attitude and demeanor intended to represent one's feelings, even if not actually felt; as, to put on a good front.


  1. frontnoun

    The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves.

  2. frontnoun

    The side of a building with the main entrance.

  3. frontnoun

    A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group.

    Officially it's a dry-cleaning shop, but everyone knows it's front for the mafia.

  4. frontnoun

    The interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density, often resulting in precipitation. Since the temperature distribution is the most important regulator of atmospheric density, a front almost invariably separates airmasses of different temperature.

  5. frontnoun

    An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact.

  6. frontnoun

    The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.

  7. frontnoun

    The direction of the enemy.

  8. frontnoun

    When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.

  9. frontnoun

    A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army.

  10. frontverb

    To face (on, to), be pointed in a given direction.

  11. frontverb

    To face, be opposite to.

  12. frontverb

    To face up to, to meet head-on, to confront.

  13. frontverb

    To adorn the front of; to have on the front.

  14. frontverb

    To pronounce with the tongue in a front position.

  15. frontverb

    To move (a word or clause) to the start of a sentence.

  16. frontverb

    To act as a front (for); to cover (for).

  17. frontverb

    To lead or be the spokesperson of (a campaign, organisation etc.).

  18. frontverb

    To provide money or financial assistance in advance to.

  19. frontnoun

    An act, show, façade, persona: an intentional and false impression of oneself.

  20. frontnoun

    a seafront or coastal promenade.

  21. frontverb

    To assume false or disingenuous appearances.

  22. frontverb

    to appear before, as in to front court.

  23. frontadjective

    Located at or near the front.

    The front runner was thirty meters ahead of her nearest competitor.

  24. frontadjective

    Of a vowel pronounced near the tip of the tongue.

  25. Etymology: From front (noun), fronter (verb), from frons.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRONTnoun

    Etymology: frons, Latin; front, French.

    His front yet threatens, and his frowns command. Matthew Prior.

    They stand not front to front, but each doth view
    The other’s tail, pursu’d as they pursue. Thomas Creech, Manilius.

    The patriot virtues that distend thy thought,
    Spread on thy front, and in thy bosom glow. James Thomson.

    His forward hand, inur’d to wounds, makes way
    Upon the sharpest fronts of the most fierce. Samuel Daniel, C. W.

    The access of the town was only by a neck of land: our men had shot that thundered upon them from the rampier in front, and from the gallies that lay at sea in flank. Francis Bacon.

    ’Twixt host and host but narrow space was left,
    A dreadful interval! and front to front
    Presented, stood in terrible array. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Both these sides are not only returns, but parts of the front; and uniform without, though severally partitioned within, and are on both sides of a great and stately tower, in the midst of the front. Francis Bacon, Essay 46.

    Palladius adviseth the front of his edifice should so respect the South, that in its first angle it receive the rising rays of the Winter sun, and decline a little from the Winter setting thereof. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vi.

    The prince approach’d the door,
    Possess’d the porch, and on the front above
    He fix’d the fatal bough. John Dryden, Æn. b. vi.

    One sees the front of a palace covered with painted pillars of different orders. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

  2. To Frontverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You four shall front them in the narrow lane; we will walk lower: if they ’scape from your encounter, then they light on us. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Can you, when you have push’d out of your gates the very defender of them, think to front his revenges with easy groans. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Some are either to be won to the state in a fast and true manner, or fronted with some other of the same party that may oppose them, and so divide the reputation. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    I shall front thee, like some staring ghost,
    With all my wrongs about me. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    The square will be one of the most beautiful in Italy when this statue is erected, and a townhouse built at one end to front the church that stands at the other. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  3. To Frontverb

    To stand foremost.

    I front but in that file,
    Where others tell steps with me. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.


  1. front

    A general definition for "front" is the foremost or forward part or surface of something, typically referring to the face or exterior side of an object or a person. It can also describe the side or area that is visible or accessible to others. Additionally, "front" can be used metaphorically to describe the foremost position or role in a particular context or domain, such as in a business, military, or social situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frontnoun

    the forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face

  2. Frontnoun

    the forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming; as, a bold front; a hardened front

  3. Frontnoun

    the part or surface of anything which seems to look out, or to be directed forward; the fore or forward part; the foremost rank; the van; -- the opposite to back or rear; as, the front of a house; the front of an army

  4. Frontnoun

    a position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing; as, in front of un person, of the troops, or of a house

  5. Frontnoun

    the most conspicuous part

  6. Frontnoun

    that which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women

  7. Frontnoun

    the beginning

  8. Frontadjective

    of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost; as, a front view

  9. Frontverb

    to oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner

  10. Frontverb

    to appear before; to meet

  11. Frontverb

    to face toward; to have the front toward; to confront; as, the house fronts the street

  12. Frontverb

    to stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church

  13. Frontverb

    to adorn in front; to supply a front to; as, to front a house with marble; to front a head with laurel

  14. Frontverb

    to have or turn the face or front in any direction; as, the house fronts toward the east

  15. Etymology: [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.]


  1. Front

    A military front or battlefront is a contested armed frontier between opposing forces. This can be a local or tactical front, or it can range to a theater. A typical front was the Western Front in France and Belgium in World War I. ⁕The term "home front" has been used to denote conditions in the civilian sector of a country at war, including those involved in the production of matériel. ⁕Both the Soviet and Polish Armies used the term "front" to mean an army group during the Polish-Soviet War and World War II. ⁕The term "front line city" was used by the Germans during their long retreat from Moscow/Stalingrad to refer to metropolitan centres which had become disputed by the two combatants. Designation of a city as such resulted in administrative changes. In the film Downfall this term was briefly referenced. ⁕The term "transferred to the front" is often used by soldiers or personnel when their position has been changed from other activities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Front

    frunt, n. the forehead: the whole face: the forepart of anything: a kind of wig worn by ladies: the most conspicuous part: boldness: impudence.—adj. of, relating to, or in the front.—v.t. to stand in front of or opposite: to oppose face to face.—v.i. to stand in front or foremost: to turn the front or face in any direction.—n. Front′age, the front part of a building.—adj. Front′al, of or belonging to the front or forehead.—n. a front-piece: something worn on the forehead or face: (archit.) a pediment over a door or window: a hanging of silk, satin, &c., embroidered for an altar—now usually covering only the top, the superfrontal—formerly covering the whole of the front, corresponding to the antependium.—adjs. Front′ate, -d (bot.), growing broader and broader: (zool.) having a prominent frons or forehead; Front′ed, formed with a front; Front′less, void of shame or modesty.—adv. Front′lessly.—n. Front′let, a band worn on the forehead.—advs. Front′ward, -s, towards the front.—Come to the front, to become conspicuous: to attain an important position; In front of, before. [O. Fr.,—L. frons, frontis, the forehead.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. front

    1. The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank. 2. The direction of the enemy. 3. The line of contact of two opposing forces. 4. When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. front

    The foremost rank of a battalion, squadron, file, or other body of men.--To front, to face.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. front

    A word of command signifying that the men are to face to their proper front; also to cast their eyes to the front after dressing.

  2. front

    The foremost rank of a battalion, squadron, or any other body of men. The front of a gun is the direction in which the muzzle points; but when a field-piece is limbered, its front is the direction in which the pole points. The front of a work or fortification is the side it presents to the enemy. The front of an army, except in retreating, is the side towards the enemy. A column is said to be right in front when it is formed by facing or wheeling to the right.

Rap Dictionary

  1. frontverb

    Pretend to be that which you are not; act tough. You can't front on that -- Beastie Boys (So what'cha want).

  2. frontverb

    To bluff or to be a coward.

  3. frontverb

    To pretend to not be interested; as in "why you frontin' on my boy for?"

  4. frontverb

    To give something away for a certin amount of time, and get paid back later. (Yo, front me a dime bag..)

Editors Contribution

  1. front

    To face forward.

    The woman went to the front of the office as this is where the visitors came out of the meeting rooms.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 6, 2020  


  1. Front

    the anterior portion of head between base of antennae and below ocelli: in Homoptera, the vertical median area of face.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Front' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1393

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Front' in Written Corpus Frequency: #845

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Front' in Nouns Frequency: #565

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Front' in Adjectives Frequency: #177

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Front in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Front in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Front in a Sentence

  1. Nguatem Michael:

    They raped the women in front of their husbands while pointing guns at their heads.

  2. Charissa Thompson:

    When it comes to your physical being and intimate photos between you and your boyfriend and things that you sent to someone when you were in a long-distance relationship and in love, it is your private property, so it felt — the obvious — like such an invasion. But then the depths I am still taking to get back that privacy are unbelievable. The way I equate is someone came into my home, robbed my home of all its possessions, put it out in the cul-de-sac right in front of me, and I had to buy all of it right back to put back in my house. The star acknowledged that, unlike Andrews who saw the person that leaked her image caught and thrown in jail for 2 and a half years, she’s still seeking justice.

  3. Mike DuHaime:

    Late breakers tend to be late breakers because they already have a reason to not be with the front runner, late breakers tend to go with the challenger, not the incumbent.

  4. Brad Pitt:

    And to the real Dr. Fauci, thank you for your calmand your clarity in this unnerving time, and thank you to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line.

  5. Jesse Blumenthal:

    There is no such thing as a back door just for good guys that does not create a front door for bad guys.

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Translations for Front

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  • أمامArabic
  • фронт, чело, фасада, челенBulgarian
  • cara, [[façana]] [[principal]], frontCatalan, Valencian
  • fronta, předek, přední, frontCzech
  • Frontseite, Front, Vorderseite, Wetterfront, Frontmann, Frontlinie, vormachen, fingieren, vorspielenGerman
  • μπροστινός, πρόσοψη, μέτωπο, εμπρόσθιοςGreek
  • antaŭoEsperanto
  • frente, fingir, aparentarSpanish
  • rinneEstonian
  • جلو, جبهه, فرونتPersian
  • etupuoli, etummainen, edusta, julkisivu, rintama, armeijaryhmä, etuosa, bulvaani, säärintama, edustaa, ennakko, koppava, johtaa, kopeilla, heittäytyäFinnish
  • avant, devant, front, façade, porte-paroleFrench
  • sreath, beulaibh, aghaidhScottish Gaelic
  • ճակատArmenian
  • depanIndonesian
  • avanti, facciata, fronte, davanti, difronteItalian
  • 前, 正面, 前線, 前側, 手前, 表, フロントJapanese
  • Korean
  • anteLatin
  • priekis, priešakysLithuanian
  • priekša, priekšpuseLatvian
  • mua, pae o te pakanga, pae o te ririMāori
  • voorzijde, voorkant, front, façadeDutch
  • front, forside, fasadeNorwegian
  • frontPolish
  • dianteira, frentePortuguese
  • пере́дний, [[передний, пе́ред, прикры́тие, [[атмосфе́рный]] [[фронт]], фаса́д, фронтRussian
  • prednjiSerbo-Croatian
  • bulvan, front, framsidaSwedish
  • onTurkish
  • divantWalloon
  • 正面Chinese
  • ubusoZulu

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