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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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Examples from the web for forenoon
  • The children were also required to work part time in the forenoon and afternoon.
  • As a result, a heavy, wet snow began falling during the forenoon hours and continued through the afternoon.
  • During the engagement in the forenoon he was wounded but stayed by his little gun until victory was won.
  • The snow bore up the horses well till mid-forenoon, when it began to give way beneath them.
  • The discussion this forenoon was upon non-resistance.
  • The earthquake commenced at half-past eleven o'clock in the forenoon.
  • The following forenoon the baggage started, in a couple of two-wheeled ox-carts, for the landing where the steamboat awaited us.
  • Late in the forenoon the enemy again tried to carry our right by storm.
  • It had begun raining in the night, and the heavy downpour continued throughout the forenoon.
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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