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[fawr-fruhnt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfrʌnt, ˈfoʊr-/
the foremost part or place.
the position of greatest importance or prominence:
in the forefront of today's writers.
Origin of forefront
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for forefront


the extreme front
the position of most prominence, responsibility, or action
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Word Origin and History for forefront

late 15c., a Germanic-Latin hybrid, from fore- + front (n.). Originally of buildings; the main modern sense is from military meaning "front rank of an army" (1510s).

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