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[n. fawr-noon, fohr-; adj. fawr-noon, fohr-] /n. ˌfɔrˈnun, ˌfoʊr-; adj. ˈfɔrˌnun, ˈfoʊr-/
the period of daylight before noon.
the latter part of the morning.
of or relating to the forenoon.
Origin of forenoon
1375-1425; late Middle English. See fore-, noon Unabridged
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  • In the forenoon the vessel passed Highland Light, and before night Noddy saw the last of the land.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • As soon as he was fairly gone, she wanted to go after him, and she was wild all the forenoon.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • We made up for lost time by sleeping on deck a good part of the forenoon.

  • All that forenoon, the little house throbbed with a curious sense of expectancy.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • In the course of the forenoon, however, her minister called to see her, dressed in his nicest manner.

  • The Board of Strategy came in during the forenoon, and the presents had to be shown to them.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • My attendance was with the latter, and the interest was fully equal to that I had witnessed in the forenoon worship.

  • I've heard of more dead relations this forenoon than I ever had alive.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We counted eighteen in one group and two hundred and thirty-eight in one forenoon's ride.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • He was in his room, had not yet breakfasted, although it was nearly ten in the forenoon.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for forenoon


  1. the daylight hours before or just before noon
  2. (as modifier): a forenoon conference
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Word Origin and History for forenoon

c.1500, from fore- + noon.

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