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Front appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Mrs Hunt had a country cut front
    in the front of her country cut pettycoat.
  • Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.
    Not a punt cut square,
    Just a square cut punt.
    It's round in the stern and blunt in the front.
    Mrs Puggy Wuggy has a square cut punt.

Front appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jack quietly moved up front and seized the big ball of wax. (47 letters)
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun front:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun front and its most common antonyms:

backfront rearfront
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The word front is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun front

What does front mean as a name of something?

Front is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: fronts

  1. the side that is forward or prominent
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of front: forepart / front end
    • antonym of front: rear
    • more generic words: face / side = a surface forming part of the outside of an object
    • more specific words: forefront / head = the part in the front or nearest the viewer
  2. the line along which opposing armies face each other
  3. the outward appearance of a person
    • example: he put up a bold front
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: appearance = a mental representation
  4. the side that is seen or that goes first
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • antonym: rear
    • more generic word: side = an extended outer surface of an object
    • more specific terms:
      • fore / prow / stem / bow = front part of a vessel or aircraft
      • frontage / frontal / facade = the face or front of a building
      • face = the side upon which the use of a thing depends
      • frontispiece = front illustration facing the title page of a book
      • nose = a front that resembles a human nose
      • nose = the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon
      • nose cone / ogive = front consisting of the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload from heat during its passage through the atmosphere
      • shirtfront = the front of a shirt
      • storefront / shopfront = the front side of a store facing the street
  5. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
  6. a sphere of activity involving effort
    • examples: the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front | they advertise on many different fronts
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: area / arena / domain / field / orbit / sphere = a particular environment or walk of life
  7. (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses
  8. the immediate proximity of someone or something
    • example: he was well behaved in front of company
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of front: presence
    • more generic word: proximity = the region close around a person or thing
  9. the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer
    • example: he walked to the front of the stage
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • antonym: back
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
  10. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
    • example: he led the national liberation front
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of front: movement / social movement
    • more generic term: social group = people sharing some social relation
    • more specific terms:
      • Fighting French / Free French = a French movement during World War II that was organized in London by Charles de Gaulle to fight for the liberation of France from German control and for the restoration of the republic
      • artistic movement / art movement = a group of artists who agree on general principles
      • Boy Scouts = an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys
      • Civil Rights movement = movement in the United States beginning in the 1960s and led primarily by Blacks in an effort to establish the civil rights of individual Black citizens
      • common front = a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together
      • cultural movement = a group of people working together to advance certain cultural goals
      • oecumenism / ecumenism = a movement promoting union between religions
      • falun gong = a spiritual movement that began in China in the latter half of the 20th century and is based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices
      • political movement = a group of people working together to achieve a political goal
      • reform movement = a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms
      • religious movement = a movement intended to bring about religious reforms
      • Zionist movement / Zionism = a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine

Alternative definition of the noun front


  1. The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves.
  2. The side of a building with the main entrance.
  3. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group.
  4. [context: meteorology] 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. [context: military] An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact.
  6. [context: military] The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.
  7. [context: military] The direction of the enemy.
  8. [context: military] When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.
  9. [obsolete] A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army.
  10. [informal] An act, show, façade, persona: an intentional and false impression of oneself.
  11. [UK] a seafront or coastal promenade.

Definition of the adjective front

What does front mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: fronter |

  1. relating to or located in the front

Alternative definition of the adjective front


  1. Located at or near the front.
  2. [comparable] [phonetics] Of a vowel pronounced near the tip of the tongue.

    Definition of the verb front

    What does front mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: fronted | fronting | fronts

    1. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
      • example: His fields front mine at this point
      • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
      • synonyms of front: face / look
      • antonym of front: back
      • more generic word: lie = be located or situated somewhere
      • more specific word: confront = be face to face with
    2. confront bodily
      • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
      • synonym of front: breast
      • more generic words: confront / face = oppose, as in hostility or a competition

    Alternative definition of the verb front


    1. [intransitive, dated] To face (on, to), be pointed in a given direction.
    2. [transitive] To face, be opposite to.
    3. [transitive] To face up to, to meet head-on, to confront.
    4. [transitive] To adorn the front of; to have on the front.
    5. [phonetics, transitive, intransitive] To pronounce with the tongue in a front position.
    6. [linguistics, transitive] To move (a word or clause) to the start of a sentence.
    7. [intransitive, slang] To act as a front (for); to cover (for).
    8. [transitive] To lead or be the spokesperson of (a campaign, organisation etc.).
    9. [transitive, colloquial] To provide money or financial assistance in advance to.
    10. [intransitive] To assume false or disingenuous appearances.
    11. to appear before, as in to front court.


    1. "Front" a.k.a. "The Front" is a 1976 comedy-drama film about the Hollywood blacklist during the age of live television. It is written by Walter Bernstein, directed by Martin Ritt and stars Woody Allen and Zero Mostel.
    2. "Front" is a 2007 short film written and directed by Justin Kelly.


    Front is a fictional character from the 2011 Thai television program Tad Hang Ploi Wad 2.


    "Front" is an artwork by Kura Te Waru Rewiri.


    1. "Front" is a musical album of Luxembourg.
      • released on (8 years ago)
    2. "Front" is a musical single of Andrew Reyan.
      • released on


    Front is a musical group.

    • also known as Фронт
    • album: "Warrior of Death"


    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.
      • also known as 前線
    2. Front: A front is a military formation in some countries. Originating in the Russian Empire, it has been used by the Polish Army, the Red Army and Soviet Army, and by Turkey. It is roughly equivalent to an army group in the military of most other countries. It varies in size but in general contains three to five armies.
      • also known as 方面军
    3. Front was first published by Cabal Communications in 1998, it was created to rival IPC's publication Loaded, catering to a demographic of 16- to 25-year-old males. It began as part of the British "lads' mag" genre of magazines though the covers rejects this description with the statement "Front is no lads' mag".
    4. Front: In oceanography, a front is a boundary between two distinct water masses. The water masses are defined by moving in different directions, i.e. on one side of the front the water is generally moving in one way, and on the other side of the front, the water is moving in another. Depending on the directions of the water masses, a front may be defined as convergent or divergent. The water masses on either side of a front may also have different temperatures, salinities, or densities, along with differences in other oceanographic markers. While most fronts form and dissipate relatively quickly, some, such as the fronts caused by the antarctic circumpolar current, persist for long periods of time.
    5. Front was an illustrated weekly newspaper published by the Military Publishing and Press Center of the Yugoslav People's Army.

    Phrases with Front

    Phrases starting with the word Front:

    1. front end
    2. front man
    3. Front Row
    4. Front Desk
    5. front door
    6. front foot
    7. front line
    8. Front Load
    9. Front Name
    10. Front Page
    11. Front Ring
    12. front room
    13. Front Wall

    Phrases ending with the word Front:

    1. Y-Front
    2. in front
    3. Up Front
    4. fly front
    5. out front
    6. Zip-Front
    7. cold front

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Front

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    Google previewEncyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: S-Z (2002)

    by James Minahan

    Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) ANDHRAS: Andhra Nadu Party (ANP); Telugu Desam Party (Telugu Nation); Jai Andhra; Vandemataram; Swadeshi Movement; Andhra Mahasabha; ...

    Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

    by Diagram Group

    downstage The front part of a stage, ...

    Google previewOhio Historic Places Dictionary (2008)

    by Editorial Staff, State History Publications, LLC

    The front entrance has a double door with a transom. The windows are four-over- four, with stone sills and lintels. There are four wooden attic dormers with small six-over-six windows, and a decorative cornice trim which matches the building's ...

    Google previewDictionary of Terrorism (2013)

    by John Richard Thackrah

    Democratic Front against Repression (Guatemala) Federal Emergency Management Agency (USA ) ...

    Google previewThe Holocaust Encyclopedia (2001)

    by Baumel Judith Tydor Laqueur Walter, Walter Laqueur, Judith Tydor Baumel

    Apeletherotikon Metopon (National Liberation Front) IZL Ellenikes Dimokratikos Ethnikos Stratos (National Republican Greek Army) Eclaireurs Israélites de France (French- Jewish Scouts) Eidgenössisches Justiz- und Polizeidepartement ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Maryland (1999)

    by Nancy Capace

    hipped pavilions, full-width front and extended side shelter, paired round arched windows with oculus above set under stone round arches, rear shed; remodeled as art school, 1966-1967, by Cochran, Stephenson, and Donkervoet. Second ...

    Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1881)

    by Richard Soule

    Front (of a building), face, ...

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    Usage statistics about front

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun front:


    Comparison of usage frequency between the noun front and its most common antonyms:

    backfront rearfront

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb front:


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    Quotes about Front

    Who fears you in front
    Will hate you behind.
    Who praises you in front
    Will abuse you behind.
    Who pleases you in front
    Will avoid you behind.
    Why should you strive hard
    To become a man of power?
    02.09.2000, Pklmdi (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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    Scrabble value of F4R1O1N1T1

    The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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