Meaning of FRONT in English


n., adj., & v.


1. the side or part normally nearer or towards the spectator or the direction of motion (the front of the car; the front of the chair; the front of the mouth).

2 any face of a building, esp. that of the main entrance.

3 Mil. a the foremost line or part of an army etc. b line of battle. c the part of the ground towards a real or imaginary enemy. d a scene of actual fighting (go to the front). e the direction in which a formed line faces (change front).

4 a a sector of activity regarded as resembling a military front. b an organized political group.

5 a demeanour, bearing (show a bold front). b outward appearance.

6 a forward or conspicuous position (come to the front).

7 a a bluff. b a pretext.

8 a person etc. serving to cover subversive or illegal activities.

9 (prec. by the) the promenade of a seaside resort.

10 Meteorol. the forward edge of an advancing mass of cold or warm air.

11 (prec. by the) the auditorium of a theatre.

12 a a face. b poet. or rhet. a forehead.

13 a the breast of a man's shirt. b a false shirt-front.

14 impudence.


1. of the front.

2 situated in front.

3 Phonet. formed at the front of the mouth.


1. intr. (foll. by on, to, towards, upon) have the front facing or directed.

2 intr. (foll. by for) sl. act as a front or cover for.

3 tr. furnish with a front (fronted with stone).

4 tr. lead (a band).

5 tr. a stand opposite to, front towards. b have its front on the side of (a street etc.).

6 tr. archaic confront, meet, oppose.

Phrases and idioms:

front bench Brit. the foremost seats in Parliament, occupied by leading members of the government and opposition. front-bencher Brit. such a member. front door

1. the chief entrance of a house.

2 a chief means of approach or access to a place, situation, etc. front line Mil. sense 3 of n. front-line States countries in Southern Africa bordering on and opposed to South Africa. front man a person acting as a front or cover. front matter Printing the title-page, preface, etc. preceding the text proper. front office a main office, esp. police headquarters. front page the first page of a newspaper, esp. as containing important or remarkable news. front passage colloq. the vagina.

front runner

1. the contestant most likely to succeed.

2 an athlete or horse running best when in the lead.

in front

1. in an advanced position.

2 facing the spectator.

in front of

1. ahead of, in advance of.

2 in the presence of, confronting. on the front burner see BURNER.


frontless adj. frontward adj. & adv. frontwards adv.

Etymology: ME f. OF front (n.), fronter (v.) f. L frons frontis

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.