Definition of frontman in English:

frontman

noun

  • 1The lead singer of a pop or rock group.

    • ‘While I was thumbing through I ran across an article about the 50 greatest rock frontmen of all time.’
    • ‘But he's not a tough-guy thug frontman, because his lyrics come from the worldview of a perpetual 13-year-old boy.’
    • ‘The problem with these two roles is that the requirements of a frontman decisively separate the singer from the other band members.’
    • ‘Perry Farrell, best known as the frontman for iconic alt-rock act Jane's Addiction, has spent the past three years putting together ‘Ultra Payloaded,’ the debut album from his new musical project, Satellite Party.’
    • ‘Face the Truth, the third solo release from Stephen Malkmus, is ‘The Hero and the Madman’ of the former Pavement frontman's catalog.’
    • ‘Similarly and singularly, 1980s Men at Work hits return on Man at Work, an acoustic paring down by the band's former frontman Colin Hay.’
    • ‘At one point during the performance, Stones frontman Mick Jagger said the band would take a break, but didn't say why.’
    • ‘Doug Martsch, best known as frontman for indie outfit Built to Spill, is a man with a plan.’
    • ‘He fostered a look similar to that of the Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who was Jodi's particular idol.’
    • ‘In that respect, frontman John Schmersal's hypothesis that this album may sound ‘more like a cohesive record’ than any other Enon disc rings true.’
    • ‘Here, for the first time, he goes outside the very extended Guided by Voices family to choose Superchunk frontman McCaughan as a collaborator.’
    • ‘They are essentially a band who understand the simple joy and beauty of a killer tune, led by a frontman who seems to mean every word he sings.’
    • ‘The latter can be overbearing, it's true, but that's a central function of rock frontmen.’
    • ‘The tape captures the band and frontman Ronnie James Dio being unable to erase the misery of Ozzy's departure, and to make peace with the democratic revolt of their audience.’
    • ‘The frontmen for these two indie bands lead their respective cadres forward in the murky and windy forest of Canadian indie rock, an admittedly poorly defined genre, perhaps not a genre at all.’
    • ‘The singer has a fascinating voice and could be a great frontman.’
    • ‘The flamboyant frontman of rock group Queen will be remembered at the concert at The Barbican in York on Saturday November 24.’
    • ‘It was time for the band's frontman, E, to break it down and tell the audience that tonight - in harmony with his own atypically good mood - everybody had to treat themselves right.’
    • ‘The group's frontman has as much as admitted that this conscious move represents their reaction against the arty-whiteboys-with-guitars pigeonhole they sit in.’
    • ‘The metal faithful congregated at Toronto's Docks to see the diminutive frontman, whose small stature misrepresents his powerful set of pipes.’
    1. 1.1British A presenter of a television programme.
      • ‘He now edits Rip It Up and is frontman for TV3's hidden-camera show Stakeout.’
      • ‘The media moralist and TV frontman has a long track record of preaching about the evils of child abuse and individual irresponsibility.’
      • ‘The Granada TV frontman is the master of ceremonies who will introduce an action-packed programme.’
      • ‘Soon perhaps to be the frontman for a TV series, he is every blue stocking's dream of a sex symbol: tallish, precocious, dark, and self-deprecatingly humorous.’
      • ‘Their costumes were based on cult Channel 4 programme Trigger Happy TV, in which the frontman does strange stunts dressed as a dog.’
      • ‘If you could get past that, he really was the perfect current-affairs frontman for these fictitious times.’
      • ‘The former Gardener's World presenter will be the frontman for the programme.’
      • ‘He has won millions of fans as a frontman for a string of programmes including The Antiques Roadshow.’
      • ‘He mentions every single paper and important television journalist, with the amazing exception of the frontman of Channel Four News.’
      • ‘I wondered how easily he had slipped from player to television frontman and commentator.’
      • ‘It will be no less devastating for the flagship show's engaging frontman.’
  • 2A person who represents an organization and works to make its image more appealing to the public:

    ‘Harry wanted Teddy to act as the respectable frontman for his business interests’
    • ‘They view him as the philosophical front man for a movement to transfer entitlement spending for the poor and working class back to the wealthy.’
    • ‘Many remain suspicious, accusing the scholar of being a front man for a military-backed bid to promote a hand-picked caretaker administration over an elected government.’
    • ‘The man clearly stands for nothing; he's a chancer, a frontman for a political party that is dying.’
    • ‘New disruption tactics have seen regulators used to strip the frontmen of organised crime of their licences to carry out MOTs or operate in the sector.’
    • ‘He has been forced into being a frontman for a bunch of modern-day American scoundrels.’
    • ‘One school sees him as the leading cheerleader, a laughing and smiling front man for a company that has been struggling more than usual the past few years.’
    • ‘Stop being a front man for a bunch of investors!’
    • ‘He talks at Watford's training ground, having been installed as a most charming front man for a controversial project.’
    • ‘He has been the blunt frontman of a bid to make suburban growth pay its full freight, and has drawn the ire and political activism of major home builders in so doing.’
    • ‘They see themselves as men of destiny, when they're actually front men for a massive scam that has been going on long before their grandparents got out of diapers.’
    • ‘She thinks he is just the frontman for the competition which has been criticised for ruining the music industry.’
  • 3(in soccer) a forward or attacker:

    ‘once again, Wigan's frontmen failed to take their chances’
    • ‘After being released by Bristol Rovers, just over a year ago, the Welsh Under 21 international player has successfully rebuilt his career and developed into his new club's first choice frontman.’
    • ‘He begins the campaign as the club's only fit frontman.’
    • ‘The striker was keen for his fellow French frontman to join him.’
    • ‘A strike partner for him was the most difficult decision, seeing as there have been so many excellent displays by frontmen this season.’
    • ‘The experienced frontman took time out to discuss England's chances of reaching the quarter finals in Portugal, as well as his own plans for next season.’
    • ‘He takes over the role of lone frontman for Liverpool.’
    • ‘"You just can't legislate for pace like that," you'll often hear them conclude, as a pair of lightning slow centre halves trail in the wake of a pacy frontman.’
    • ‘The veteran frontman revealed that he plans to continue playing until he is 45.’
    • ‘Although his favourite position is as a frontman, he played in various roles, most notably the season before last.’
    • ‘The former frontman came back into the minds of UK fans when he made several appearances as a substitute in Holland's Euro 2004 campaign.’

Pronunciation:

frontman

/ˈfrʌntman/