Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) the side that is seen or that goes first
  2. (noun, cognition) the outward appearance of a person
  3. (noun, group) a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
    politicians have to respect a mass movement
    he led the national liberation front
  4. (noun, location) the side that is forward or prominent
  5. (noun, location) the line along which opposing armies face each other
  6. (noun, location) the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer
  7. (noun, location) the immediate proximity of someone or something
    he sensed the presence of danger
    he was well behaved in front of company
  8. (noun, person) a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
  9. (noun, phenomenon) (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses
  10. (noun, state) a sphere of activity involving effort
    they advertise on many different fronts
  11. (verb, competition) confront bodily
  12. (verb, stative) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    My backyard look onto the pond
    The building faces the park
  13. (adj, all) relating to or located in the front
    the front porch

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Front

back, rear

Origin of the word Front

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. front "forehead, brow," from L. frontem (nom. frons) "forehead," perhaps lit. "that which projects," from PIE *bhront-, from base *bhren- "to project, stand out." Sense of "foremost part of anything" developed in L. The military sense of "foremost part of an army" (mid-14c.) led to the meaning "field of operations in cont… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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