Definition of front in English:



  • 1The side or part of an object that presents itself to view or that is normally seen or used first; the most forward part of something.

    ‘a page at the front of the book had been torn out’
    ‘he sealed the envelope and wrote on the front’
    • ‘One of them appeared on the front of a cereal box for saving a child from a rattlesnake.’
    • ‘His picture appeared on the front of almost every major newspaper in the country.’
    • ‘A thin layer of material is applied to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance.’
    • ‘I like those kinds of views, where the front of something looks so large while the rest of it disappears into the background.’
    • ‘Manuel, having pointed at the front of what I assumed was a children's book, had promised he would return to it later.’
    • ‘James's appearance on the front of the Daily Telegraph sports section last Saturday has drawn a lot of response.’
    • ‘That excerpt is written on the front of the book, it really grabbed my attention and fired my imagination.’
    • ‘Bill's face appears on a poster and on the front of a free newspaper in the latest campaign highlighting Post Office services.’
    • ‘This item did not appear to be in the front of every Chinese-language newspaper.’
    • ‘A statue remains unchanged whether you view it from the front, the back, or the side.’
    • ‘The eyes are located on the front of the head rather than the sides, giving them binocular vision.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I actually tore out the blank pages at the front of books to draw on.’
    • ‘The result is that an observer looking at the front of the object appears to see straight through it.’
    • ‘Not even with the head tipped back off the front of the sofa.’
    • ‘The evidence of a struggle was everywhere, an oak closet and chest of draws lay on their fronts, the back of the closet smashed in.’
    • ‘The green pages in the front of the book will be looked over by your counselor.’
    forepart, fore, foremost part, anterior, forefront, nose, head
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    1. 1.1[in singular]The position directly ahead of someone or something; the most forward position or place.
      ‘she quickly turned her head to face the front’
      • ‘Mr. Malik took a step forward from his position at the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘She glanced toward the front of the ship, where the large dragon sat in silence.’
      • ‘I play the ball toward the front of my stance, under my left eye, with the ball at the apex of the curve.’
      • ‘We all began reluctantly and I ran up ahead to the front where Linda was leading the group.’
      • ‘Both of the boys jumped out onto the stage, and slid on their knees to the front of the stage.’
      • ‘They quickly got up, and ran toward the front of the twenty meter long craft.’
      • ‘Now I'm in a balanced setup position, with the ball toward the front of my stance.’
      • ‘The ginger girl decides to get up before her and goes directly to the front of the bus.’
      • ‘She got out of her comfortable position and began to walk toward the front to order some food.’
      • ‘As I reached the front of the crowd a haunting hush fell over them.’
      • ‘I reached the front of the crowd, desperate to stop him, then shifted slightly.’
      • ‘The chamber, originally roofed by a large capstone, now fallen, opened directly onto the front of the barrow.’
      • ‘After flying into my neck, the roach flew off toward the front of the pool hall.’
      • ‘Jesse turned his back to her so that he was facing the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘I stood in front of the mirror and looked at myself for a moment.’
      • ‘For the leader's speech they all positioned themselves at the front of the hall, and they all shook his hand as he made his way to the podium.’
      • ‘My eyes found Gregory and Mikhail, who were sitting toward the front of the hall.’
      • ‘I heard a very loud smack and my eyes went directly to the front of the room.’
      • ‘We positioned ourselves near the front of the stage, over on Captain's side for The Damned's performance.’
      • ‘She smiled back, nodded and turned to face the front of the classroom.’
    2. 1.2The forward-facing part of a person's body, on the opposite side to their back.
      • ‘The spike slid along his side, creating a long bloodline on his body from the front to the side.’
      • ‘I was hugged to his side, and while he was on his back, I was on my side facing him, my front moulded to the side of his body.’
      • ‘I rolled over, rubbed the back of my arm and settled back on to my front ready to doze back off.’
      • ‘Tom grabbed me around the waist and pulled the backside of my body against his front, and held me there.’
      • ‘He was turning himself over from his front to his back at only six weeks, but then he forgot how to do that for a while.’
      • ‘He taunted, and I merely stumbled back as I felt more blows upon my side, my front, and my back.’
    3. 1.3The part of a garment covering this.
      ‘oatmeal slopped from the tray onto his shirt front’
      • ‘He put the glass down, picking up a napkin to wipe his front, his sleeve, and part of the log.’
      • ‘He held up a dark lime polo shirt with four blue buttons halfway down the front.’
      • ‘Often featuring a snap front and drawstring waist, this jacket maybe lined or unlined.’
      • ‘Sewing straight across from left to right on a cap front can cause a cap to pucker at the seam.’
      • ‘Modesty panels of chiffon, where none might have existed before were seen on bodice fronts.’
      • ‘Back the garment fronts and back with tear-away stabilizer.’
      • ‘She slid her arms into the jacket's sleeves and buttoned the front.’
      • ‘Retro Shirts are made of 100% rayon gabardine with button-down fronts for years of comfort and durability.’
      • ‘Decide which sweater neckline you prefer and use it to cut the upper garment front.’
      • ‘Try something unexpected like a blouse with a frilled front or lace cuffs under a plain sweater or a tailored jacket.’
    4. 1.4informal A woman's bust or cleavage.
    5. 1.5Any face of a building, especially that of the main entrance.
      ‘the west front of the cathedral’
      • ‘We had opted not to pave the main street, and restored all of the traditional false fronts of the buildings in the 1970's.’
      • ‘Some buildings had wooden fronts, porches, and sidewalks; the streets were narrow, and buildings were densely concentrated.’
      • ‘The building fronts that occupy the left side of the street are another story, though.’
      • ‘The family would use the front door below the great portico on the west front.’
      • ‘The front of the building is glass, so the entire lobby is clearly visible from the street, and from within the Ritz Carlton.’
      • ‘The translucency of it is striking, something not usually perceived in marble counter tops or building fronts.’
      • ‘In the East, in the West, in the South, as far as the eye reaches, a sea of houses, towers and buildings, an endlessness of roofs, chimneys and fronts.’
      • ‘Plans to keep the facade had to be dropped when the front of the building was found to be in poor condition.’
      • ‘Typical of London houses, the plain front concealed the elaborate interior that was needed for lavish entertaining.’
      • ‘The front of the studio building used to be a drab slab of rundown Victorian brickwork.’
      • ‘This was partly achieved by extending the front of the old building where a new facade was created on Hatch Street.’
      • ‘The front of the building consists mostly of glass windows and a pair of double glass doors in the middle.’
      • ‘The gable front, frame building has a single entrance and a small loft door.’
      • ‘He scanned the dark fronts of the low buildings.’
    6. 1.6British
      short for seafront or waterfront
  • 2The foremost line or part of an armed force; the furthest position that an army has reached and where the enemy is or may be engaged.

    ‘his regiment was immediately sent to the front’
    • ‘As the counteroffensive went on, the fronts and armies were gaining experience in repelling counterattacks of big enemy tank force groupings.’
    • ‘About midafternoon, the warriors opened an attack on the left front of the army line.’
    • ‘On the eastern front in WW II enemy dead were disposed of without ceremony and enemy cemeteries desecrated.’
    • ‘A civil population on the move can be absolute havoc for a defending army trying to get its forces to the war front.’
    • ‘The Third Infantry reached the front early that morning about five miles south of Hafar al-Batin.’
    • ‘The ravaging of the Palatinate at the start of the League of Augsburg war was intended to deny the area to enemy armies, limiting the number of fronts Louis's armies had to cover.’
    • ‘One was to deliver men and munitions to the front faster that the enemy could destroy them.’
    • ‘There's no way we could stretch our armed forces to a third front.’
    • ‘In effect, this opened a second front in the war against the English empire.’
    • ‘He drove the enemy back at Verdun and protected the front while the French army was in disarray.’
    • ‘Communication trenches, which took the soldier from behind the front to the forward positions, were added and improved upon.’
    • ‘The allied forces even opened an eastern front through Eritrea and Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Masses of infantry and guns would then advance on a broad front to encircle the enemy and destroy him with fire.’
    • ‘Kerensky cabled the front for additional armed forces but he hoped he would not have to use them.’
    • ‘Both coaches should become partners and present a unified front regardless of personal views.’
    • ‘By the end of July, the forces of the three fronts outflanked the Orel force grouping of the enemy in the north, east and south.’
    • ‘There was little chance the Germans could keep Allied armies on two fronts at bay.’
    • ‘Similarly, the armies of other fronts had the fixed-site supply depots of military districts transferred to them.’
    • ‘In the first case, US forces were forced to fight on two fronts against powerful imperialist enemies in Germany and Japan.’
    • ‘He worried Hitler would turn loose everything he had left in order to do as much damage as he could to the Allied armies on both fronts.’
    front line, vanguard, van, first line, firing line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone
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    1. 2.1The direction toward which a line of troops faces when formed.
    2. 2.2A particular formation of troops for battle.
      • ‘Some other commanders of fronts and even armies are called commanders.’
      • ‘Hitler was keen for victory here, since it would enable him to destroy two Russian fronts in one battle.’
      • ‘The armies and fronts were supposed to have several mobile obstacle construction detachments.’
      • ‘Committing reserve fronts to battle was the prerogative of the SHC Hq.’
      • ‘In many instances, the assigning of troops to reserve fronts called for drastically new methods of their commitment to battle and disposition.’
    3. 2.3A particular situation or sphere of operation.
      ‘there was some good news on the jobs front’
      • ‘On the political front, the situation has been marked by total paralysis.’
      • ‘No news on the job front as I haven't even updated my resume let alone applied anywhere.’
      • ‘Developments on the pension front have dramatically altered the equilibrium in the workplace.’
      • ‘What do you think on the job front that we will be seeing, Congressman Brown?’
      • ‘The political deterioration in relations with the Jews is complemented by developments on the religious front.’
      • ‘As for my mum, she's really gone overboard on the death front, buying a job lot of ‘With Sympathy’ cards.’
      • ‘It was a winning situation on all fronts as Geraldine's fantastic physical fitness carried her through on the day, along with the loyal support and sponsorship from her friends.’
      • ‘While Bank of America has developed workarounds to integrate core systems, it has made progress on unifying operations on some fronts.’
      • ‘It's hard to believe they are so central but this part of the town has been neglected on the development front so far.’
      • ‘You're doing a abysmally inadequate job on both fronts, I'm afraid.’
      • ‘Religion was a vital and central part of social, moral and civic life, and religious debate was bound to be vigorous in this context of rapid and accelerating development on all fronts.’
      • ‘He said the plan set a blueprint and a target for delivery on the social, cultural and development fronts.’
      • ‘There are also parks and shops designed into the master plan, with some developments on both fronts already beginning.’
      • ‘What might be a counterweight to adverse developments on the external front?’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Taiwan is facing a precarious situation on the diplomatic front.’
      • ‘We have been focused mostly on the war lately, but there are interesting developments on other fronts.’
      • ‘Aside from the financial issues, there is much work to be done on the operational front.’
      • ‘He has also not done anything significant on the development front so as to showcase his achievements to the country.’
      • ‘Now I feel like I'm doing a great job on all fronts.’
      • ‘With the debt situation appearing to be under some sort of control, the focus is once again firmly back on the operating front.’
    4. 2.4[often in names]An organized political group.
      ‘the Palestinian Liberation Front’
      • ‘The political failure to create a national liberation front is the Achilles heel of the resistance.’
    5. 2.5Meteorology
      The forward edge of an advancing mass of air.
      • ‘If the front moves across a surface with a warmer temperature than the lower parts of the air mass, then the front will become unstable.’
      • ‘Weak cold fronts usually bring nothing more than a band of low cloud and any precipitation from these fronts will be very weak indeed.’
      • ‘Heavy rains brought by the monsoon front are an important water source for the nation.’
      • ‘The areas where these two masses of air meet are known as polar fronts.’
      • ‘Convergence is where the movement of a front lifts a mass of air that is in its path.’
  • 3[in singular] An appearance or form of behavior assumed by a person to conceal their genuine feelings.

    ‘she put on a brave front’
    • ‘Sporting a brave front, he put on his battle gear: a worn-out helmet, its straps in tatters.’
    • ‘Martin had used the NSA profile on him to present a calculated front of physical allure and verbal manipulation.’
    • ‘Afraid, but unwilling to show it, he put up a brave front for his granddaughter.’
    • ‘Agatha was talking briskly enough but Tom sensed that she was putting on a brave front.’
    • ‘Mason was putting on a brave front, but his chattering teeth told us all we needed to know.’
    • ‘Had he not been trying to keep a brave front, Damien may have quailed beneath the glare his leader.’
    • ‘Paul followed her slowly, knowing deep down that she was just putting up a brave front.’
    • ‘She tried so hard, she did everything she could to put on a brave front, but she thought Mom was going to die.’
    • ‘We are scared and we are shaking and we are trying to put up a brave front, but we have no frame of reference for something like this.’
    • ‘You've been keeping up this false front for a ridiculously long time, Libbie.’
    • ‘The couple and royal family somehow successfully managed to present a dignified front, whatever lay underneath.’
    • ‘Though she had put on a brave front, he could see her eyes on the verge of tears.’
    • ‘Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not.’
    • ‘Amy seems uncomfortable under his gaze, but she finally puts up a brave front.’
    • ‘Maybe he was putting up a brave front on the phone for me.’
    appearance, look, expression, face, manner, air, countenance, demeanour, bearing, posture, pose, mien, aspect, exterior, veneer, false display, act, pretence, affectation
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    1. 3.1A person or organization serving as a cover for subversive or illegal activities.
      ‘the CIA identified the company as a front for a terrorist group’
      • ‘Was Soviet government policy only a front for a clandestine personal policy pursued by Stalin?’
      • ‘The paramilitary organisations on both sides have long since been political fronts for gangsterism and racketeering.’
      • ‘The whole wizard thing is just a front for his illegal drug selling activities.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse, and that industry will be a front for it.’
      • ‘An allegation by President Bush that some non-governmental organisations are operating as terrorist fronts caused unease in humanitarian aid groups last night.’
      • ‘The industry will become a front for drug use and drug pushing, and for child prostitution.’
      • ‘Some of the so-called fund buying is just a front for this more substantial buying.’
      • ‘The businesses open under the guise of legitimate fronts but the main attraction and profits are a result of selling sex to visiting tourists.’
      • ‘The court heard how the former school governor also used a face-painting business on Bridlington pier as a front for his activities.’
      • ‘No one seems that upset that she used the Womans League as a front for her scams.’
      • ‘He wished that Koji Enterprises was still a paper business, not a front for organized crime.’
      • ‘There have been many press reports of Muslim civil and volunteer organizations being used as fronts for terrorist financing schemes.’
      • ‘His company, which legitimately produced a low level of budget films, was also a front for the illegal operation.’
      • ‘Its one of the best wind-ups of all to suggest to an ultra-left group that they might be a front for some security service or other.’
      • ‘Western intelligence agencies, they reasoned, had poured money into Ukrainian civil society groups that were then used as fronts to organize the insurrection.’
      • ‘It was commonly believed that the vans were a front for drugs.’
      • ‘She discovers that the magazine is a front for the organization, and decided to go undercover.’
      • ‘It was a front for who knows what - these guys were selling drugs or something.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse; the industry will be a front for that and for child prostitution.’
      • ‘In their minds, those people are nothing more than a front for organised crime.’
    2. 3.2A well-known or prestigious person who acts as a representative, rather than an active member, of an organization.
      See also frontman
  • 4Boldness and confidence of manner.

    ‘he's got a bit of talent and a lot of front’
    • ‘They seem to be natural born show-offs who've got lots of face and front, but often no talent.’
    self-confidence, boldness, forwardness, audacity, audaciousness, temerity, brazenness, presumption, presumptuousness
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  • 5archaic A person's face or forehead.


  • 1Of or at the front.

    ‘the front cover of the magazine’
    ‘she was in the front yard’
    • ‘She ran into her room, then outside and out onto the front lawn.’
    • ‘She pushed open the heavy front doors and led her sister out into the hot sun.’
    • ‘The solution was found when Mick noticed the cast iron water meter cover in the front garden.’
    • ‘He pulled open the heavy front door and its loud squeak was shot through the house.’
    • ‘They walked out of the double front doors, and to Logan's car.’
    • ‘My whole front yard was covered by plants and vegetation.’
    • ‘They have a new front row and they're capable of turning it on any time.’
    • ‘My tree was getting a prime spot in our new front yard!’
    • ‘Though they share many dates, Russell never gets past Alice's front porch.’
    • ‘Murray had a big day and the whole front row produced some important hard yards.’
    • ‘So are you prepared to make some commitment that you are not going to be knocking down that front line?’
    • ‘The living room also features a bay window with views over the front lawn.’
    • ‘Eventually, though, the small front line will get exposed.’
    • ‘The animal must now be secured on a lead when it is in the front garden or in James Street.’
    • ‘A white police tent yesterday covered the front garden of the house as forensic tests were carried out.’
    • ‘Bunny, who I had trusted to stay at my heels on our new front yard, followed me forwards.’
    • ‘I enjoyed your last letter, describing the way you repainted the front porch.’
    • ‘We had the very front middle seats and the dances were excellent.’
    • ‘This caused the living room to collapse into the cellar and left the front garden covered in rubble.’
    • ‘Before she could reply, the heavy front doors opened and closed.’
    at the front, foremost
    leading, lead, first, foremost
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  • 2Phonetics
    (of a vowel sound) formed by raising the body of the tongue, excluding the blade and tip, toward the hard palate.

    • ‘I've got a girl's name when written down, but it's got a front vowel when pronounced.’


  • 1(of a building or piece of land) have the front facing or directed toward.

    ‘the houses that front Beacon Street’
    [no object] ‘we sold the uphill land that fronted on the road’
    • ‘Recommended for inclusion are parts of Cedar Avenue not at present in the zone, together with buildings fronting Rainsford Road up to Parkway, and the whole of the civic centre offices and theatre buildings.’
    • ‘The Bradford Sunwin House store is available alongside neighbouring land fronting onto Thornton Road known as Southgate.’
    • ‘However, we were told nearly four years ago that the military base at Cloghogue was to be removed but in fact the only structural removal at the base was a small outlying tin hut, which fronted on to the main road.’
    • ‘The building will front onto Quay Street at the bottom of the church grounds.’
    • ‘It was sent to the owner and/or occupier of the bus shelter fronting the Waggon and Horses in York's Lawrence Street.’
    • ‘The new building will front Bolton Road and around 70 extra parking spaces will be created near Malvern Grove.’
    • ‘The building faces south and fronts onto Palms Boulevard.’
    • ‘Also, plans show four outparcels with 10,000-square-foot buildings fronting Roosevelt Boulevard.’
    • ‘While Maureen was fronting the campaigning, she collapsed with a heart attack and nearly died.’
    • ‘We have agreed to purchase from Westpac Bank the land fronting Bakewell Road which was formerly the British Gas depot and which now has outline planning approval for residential development.’
    • ‘Under the original plan, London & Amsterdam would have designed and built the new venue fronting Ferensway itself.’
    • ‘Between this and the canal we discovered warehouses, mausolea and other buildings that fronted on to the road.’
    • ‘At the top of the page is the office block Sunley Tower, the town houses fronting the Northern Quarter and the Arndale Tower.’
    • ‘As it rained heavily outside his home fronting Tampa Bay, Lopez delved into the past.’
    • ‘A creamy sand beach fronts the hotel, complete with obligatory stands of coconut palms.’
    • ‘The scheme would include ground floor shops, including a food store, on land fronting Bury New Road and Stanley Road, meaning Roma's and the Church pub would be demolished.’
    • ‘The 18-year-old volunteered to spend Saturday shut up on a window ledge at the Thomson travel agent shop fronting Devizes High Street.’
    • ‘Those two lots will each see one single-family residence fronting West Fifth street with a duplex built on the downward slope toward the rear of the property.’
    • ‘The Jurys Ballsbridge site fronts onto a main road and office blocks.’
    • ‘She said the existing school buildings would make ‘an excellent neighbourhood scheme’, and objected to three-storey homes fronting North Cray Road.’
    • ‘The proposal is for a house on the narrow strip of land fronting the A342 Rowde road near the Queen's Head.’
    overlook, look on to, look out on, look out over, look towards
    have a view of, command a view of
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    1. 1.1Be or stand in front of.
      ‘they reached the hedge fronting the garden’
      • ‘It is fronted by a cobblelock driveway which provides off-street parking for two cars, as well as a small landscaped shrubbery.’
      • ‘Husband and wife walked till they had reached the house they were in search of, which stood in a terrace facing the sea, and was fronted by a small garden of windproof and salt-proof evergreens, stone steps leading up to the porch.’
      • ‘The main frontier comprises a stone foundation about 4.3m wide on which stood a turf bank up to 3m high, fronted by a berm and a ditch normally about 12m wide and 3m deep.’
      • ‘He dropped anchor in the bay that fronts San Sebastian, the island's capital, which stands on one of the few pieces of flat land.’
      • ‘The scallop-shaped meadow became Piazza del Campo, fronted by the Palazzo Pubblico, which stands proud on the lip.’
      • ‘An Easter opening is planned for the new visitor centre, which is built in the ruined shell of a 17th century seat of the Cholmley family and fronted by cobbled garden courts.’
      • ‘I sat down heavily on a porch fronting one of the buildings lining main street.’
      • ‘I was delighted to see some beautiful butterflies on flowering shrubs in the gardens fronting a busy, air-polluted road in Penge.’
    2. 1.2archaic Stand face to face with; confront.
      ‘Tom fronted him with unwavering eyes’
  • 2Provide (something) with a front or facing of a particular type or material.

    ‘a metal box fronted by an alloy panel’
    [as adjective, in combination] ‘a glass-fronted bookcase’
    • ‘By contrast, a window box that caught my eye recently can only be described as a tone poem to understatement: a severe planting of box fronted by ivy grown in a swag - simple, effective and extremely low maintenance.’
    • ‘Tony Stone is also exhibiting an extremely rare matching set of four George III serpentine fronted knife boxes in flame mahogany with filigree silverwork.’
    • ‘Another soldier walks through, fingering the second-rate audio equipment fitted into the tackiest of green chipboard cabinets, fronted with shiny silver panels.’
    • ‘Simon Howard showed a confident collection with angular and structured shapes formed in zip fronted jackets and flared trousers in stiff canvas materials.’
  • 3Lead or be the most prominent member in (an organization, activity, or group of musicians)

    ‘the group is fronted by two girl singers’
    • ‘Doherty fronts the Babyshambles, who he says won't stand for it if he slides back into drug abuse.’
    • ‘Now Susie, a former singer in the Paper Dolls group in the 60s and ex-radio presenter, is working again and determined to reach the target of the appeal, fronted by Kirsty.’
    • ‘Love fronted a Beach Boys band, Jardine led something called the Beach Band, and lawyers made a nice living off all the bitter litigation.’
    • ‘Rathnew full back Mark Coffey had a smashing first half, ably fronted all through by Stephen Byrne.’
    • ‘Theres another band that's fronted by a girl, but that's all the estrogen in this show.’
    • ‘I once described this band to someone as listening to the lead singer from Mindless Self Indulgence fronting The Cure.’
    • ‘All Mesnel's franchised stores - and as well as the UK and France, they are expanding into Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Middle East - are fronted by a prominent local rugby player.’
    • ‘The new 14 piece line up is still fronted by three lead vocalists, Louise, Sandra and Sinead, backed by the famous Global Funk brass section, strings and 6 piece rhythm section.’
    • ‘Debbie, a biker of 15 years' experience, fronts a group of more than 50 members which look to defend biker interests and comment on any new government legislation.’
    • ‘For example, when a friend who lives in England told me of a death metal band fronted by a parrot, I was inclined to suspect he was pulling my leg.’
    • ‘Concurrently, Lowery is working on a solo album and on new Cracker material, and fronting a dual Camper / Cracker tour.’
    • ‘Her latest creation ‘Leanne’ is a digitally-generated pop star fronting an all girl band as synthetic as herself.’
    • ‘New executive chairman Simon Burke, who fronted the group of private investors that made up the Select consortium, took over the reins yesterday.’
    • ‘Having fronted the band generally credited with inventing heavy metal, Ozzy should have been a lock for a solo deal, but initially found no takers.’
    • ‘The song has been covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to Dread Zeppelin, a 1990s rock band fronted by an Elvis impersonator.’
    • ‘I fronted blues bands and did other people's material.’
    • ‘Phil was an immensely talented singer and songwriter who fronted a band called the Knobs.’
    • ‘I went out for 10 days to do preview material and came back and fronted it in London, live.’
    • ‘However their lead was reversed at 9pm when ITV overtook the corporation with an hour long special fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald.’
    • ‘But when I was fronting the band, I had to do all the talking.’
    1. 3.1Present or host (a television or radio program)
      • ‘You end up with someone like Barnes fronting a prime-time programme like Football on Five.’
      • ‘He has most recently been fronting the programme's late bulletins.’
      • ‘McRedmond admits that even with No Frontiers presenter Kathryn Thomas fronting its television campaign, Eircom has a job on its hands to accelerate the process.’
      • ‘Inside Out returns to our screens this Monday, fronted by popular presenter Tessa Dunlop.’
      • ‘Its news service, Meridian Tonight, fronted by popular presenter Fred Dinenage attracts nearly half a million viewers each evening.’
      • ‘Steve Rider and Sue Barker will front the programme which has live action from the very first heats to the all important finals.’
      • ‘Tonight's programmes will be fronted by Dale Winton and guests include Ronan Keating, Claudia Winkleman and US comedian and actor, Denis Leary.’
      • ‘Philippa is no stranger to presenting on television, having fronted Tomorrow's World, Heaven and Earth, Crufts, Robot Wars and a host of other programmes.’
      • ‘On 6 July 2005, the BBC launches a radio amnesty in aid of African nations - fronted by presenter Nick Knowles - in which listeners can receive discounts on DAB radios.’
      • ‘Garrity disbanded the original group in 1969 and concentrated on solo work, fronting the 1970s TV series Little Big Time and was much in demand for pantomime and cabaret appearances.’
      • ‘The role of news anchor is perhaps the most iconic in US TV, its grand status stemming from the days of the legendary Cronkite, who, as the undisputed star of television news, fronted the CBS programme for decades.’
      • ‘Each episode will be fronted by one of the main presenters and brought to viewers from a different city or venue around the country every week.’
      • ‘Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary are fronting BBC Radio 2's extensive Live 8 coverage on 2 July.’
      • ‘Presenter Brian Morton, who fronts Radio Scotland's nightly arts programme, The Brian Morton Show, is to leave the station.’
      • ‘Graham's used to fronting his own television programme and has had audiences in stitches with his live stand-up, but can he cut it live on BBC ONE, or will he be just a little bit scared?’
      • ‘Studio presenters fronting the BBC's main coverage are Steve Rider, John Inverdale, Jill Douglas and Craig Doyle, with regular studio guests Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott.’
      • ‘Kelly Brook is a presenter who has fronted programmes on MTV.’
      • ‘Look at our television down here - lots of our programmes are fronted by Scots.’
      • ‘Colin Murray will front the programme when it launches in January.’
      • ‘BBC Four covers the festival for the first time with a special programme fronted by Sony award-winning radio DJ Mark Radcliffe and acclaimed folk artist Eliza Carthy.’
  • 4[no object] Act as a front or cover for someone or something acting illegally or wishing to conceal something.

    ‘he fronted for them in illegal property deals’
    • ‘It was a dingy bar that fronted for a whore house.’
    • ‘He fronted for them by taking their cheques, depositing them and then writing personal checks that he gave to Encounter, an anti-communist liberal literary publication.’
    • ‘Yep, the same bloke who fronted for James Hardie and conned the NSW Government into running dead on the Hardie lurk in avoiding its asbestos claims in 2001, is a News representative.’
    • ‘These clowns are fronting for somebody or something else, they're too stupid to be pulling this off on their own.’
    • ‘He even claimed he was fronting for BA, but the bank denied that allegation.’
    1. 4.1US informal Adopt a particular expression or form of behavior to conceal one's genuine feelings.
      ‘I can't front, I never really listened to much of his music’
  • 5Phonetics
    Articulate (a vowel sound) with the tongue further forward.

    ‘all speakers use raised and fronted variants more in spontaneous speech’
    • ‘In the affected dialects, this vowel is raised and fronted in the pre-voiceless cases.’
  • 6Linguistics
    Place (a sentence element) at the beginning of a sentence instead of in its usual position, typically for emphasis or as feature of some dialects, as in horrible it was.

    • ‘The quoted event can be a linguistic utterance; moreover, as this example shows, the quoted element can be fronted.’
    • ‘Verb second, or V2, languages are languages in which a finite verb or Aux is fronted to a second place in a root clause.’
    • ‘That has a fronted negative adjunct and inversion of the subject and auxiliary.’
    • ‘Oddest of all, the fronted element is sometimes inserted between subject and predicate.’
    • ‘First, the example is one in which the preferred form of the sentence ended in two prepositions, the second with an object and the first without, and he fronted both of them.’


  • Used to summon someone to the front or to command them to assume a forward-facing position, as in calling a bellhop to the front desk or giving orders to troops on parade.

    ‘scouts, front and center!’


Middle English (denoting the forehead): from Old French front (noun), fronter (verb), from Latin frons, front- forehead, front.