Definition of fornent in English:

fornent

(also fornenst)

preposition & adverb

Scottish, Northern Irish
  • Facing or in front of.

    as preposition ‘I stood fornent a roaring fire’
    • ‘There's a quay fornent it.’
    • ‘The lady would sit fornenst me.’
    • ‘He spread the fifty notes fornent him.’
    • ‘He lived in a little house fornent the chapel.’
    • ‘Every year after yon, in the winter time, a seal came up fornent the house.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from fore + anent.

Pronunciation

fornent

/fɔːˈnɛnt/