Etymology
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forefront (n.)

"front part," late 15c., a Germanic-Latin hybrid, from fore- + front (n.). Originally of buildings, later of battles. The main modern sense ("foremost place in some scene of action") is from the military meaning "front rank of an army" (1510s).

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Definitions of forefront

forefront (n.)
the part in the front or nearest the viewer;
he was in the forefront
Synonyms: head
forefront (n.)
the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field;
the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy
the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England
Synonyms: vanguard / cutting edge
From wordnet.princeton.edu