Etymology
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foreground (n.)

1690s, "part of a landscape nearest the observer," from fore- + ground (n.). First used in English by Dryden ("Art of Painting"); compare Dutch voorgrond. Figurative use by 1816.

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of foreground from WordNet
1
foreground (n.)
the part of a scene that is near the viewer;
foreground (n.)
(computer science) a window for an active application;
2
foreground (v.)
move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent;
Synonyms: highlight / spotlight / play up
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.