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).

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of forefront from WordNet

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
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