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[fawr-id, for-; fawr-hed, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪd, ˈfɒr-; ˈfɔrˌhɛd, ˈfɒr-/
the part of the face above the eyebrows; brow.
the fore or front part of anything.
Origin of forehead
before 1000; Middle English forehe(v)ed, Old English forhēafod. See fore-, head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “But it is a mistake,” cried Don Cornelio, rubbing the cold sweat from his forehead.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • As she thus resolved, she bent down, and kissed her forehead.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • He fell with such violence on his forehead that he was taken up insensible.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • "This is against the law," whined the man, beads of sweat standing on his forehead.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Her forehead was creased by a bullet, an' the trip has about finished her.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for forehead


/ˈfɒrɪd; ˈfɔːˌhɛd/
the part of the face between the natural hairline and the eyes, formed skeletally by the frontal bone of the skull; brow related adjective frontal
Word Origin
Old English forhēafod; related to Old Frisian forhāfd, Middle Low German vorhōved
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forehead

Old English forheafod, from fore- + heafod (see head (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forehead in Medicine

forehead fore·head (fôr'ĭd, -hěd')
The part of the face between the eyebrows, the normal hairline, and the temples. Also called brow.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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forehead in the Bible

The practice common among Oriental nations of colouring the forehead or impressing on it some distinctive mark as a sign of devotion to some deity is alluded to in Rev. 13:16, 17; 14:9; 17:5; 20:4. The "jewel on thy forehead" mentioned in Ezek. 16:12 (R.V., "a ring upon thy nose") was in all probability the "nose-ring" (Isa. 3:21). In Ezek. 3:7 the word "impudent" is rightly rendered in the Revised Version "an hard forehead." (See also ver. 8, 9.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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