Etymology
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front (n.)

late 13c., "forehead," from Old French front "forehead, brow" (12c.), from Latin frontem (nominative frons) "forehead, brow, front; countenance, expression (especially as an indicator of truthfulness or shame); facade of a building, forepart; external appearance; vanguard, front rank," a word of "no plausible etymology" (de Vaan). Perhaps literally "that which projects," from PIE *bhront-, from root *bhren- "to project, stand out" (see brink). Or from PIE *ser- (4), "base of prepositions and preverbs with the basic meaning 'above, over, up, upper'" [Watkins, not in Pokorny].

Sense "foremost part of anything" emerged in the English word mid-14c.; sense of "the face as expressive of temper or character" is from late 14c. (hence frontless "shameless," c. 1600). The military sense of "foremost part of an army" (mid-14c.) led to the meaning "field of operations in contact with the enemy" (1660s); home front is from 1919. Meaning "organized body of political forces" is from 1926.

Sense of "public facade" is from 1891; that of "something serving as a cover for illegal activities" is from 1905. Adverbial phrase in front is from 1610s. Meteorological sense first recorded 1921.

front (v.)

1520s, "have the face toward," from French fronter, from Old French front (see front (n.)). Meaning "meet face-to-face" is from 1580s. Meaning "serve as a public facade for" is from 1932. Related: Fronted; fronting.

front (adj.)

"relating to the front," 1610s, from front (n.). Front yard first attested 1767; front door is from 1807. The newspaper front page is attested from 1892; as an adjective in reference to sensational news, 1907.

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Definitions of front
1
front (n.)
the side that is forward or prominent;
Synonyms: front end / forepart
front (n.)
the line along which opposing armies face each other;
Synonyms: battlefront / front line
front (n.)
the outward appearance of a person;
he put up a bold front
front (n.)
the side that is seen or that goes first;
front (n.)
a person used as a cover for some questionable activity;
Synonyms: front man / figurehead / nominal head / straw man / strawman
front (n.)
a sphere of activity involving effort;
the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front
they advertise on many different fronts
front (n.)
(meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses;
front (n.)
the immediate proximity of someone or something;
he was well behaved in front of company
Synonyms: presence
front (n.)
the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer;
he walked to the front of the stage
front (n.)
a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals;
he led the national liberation front
Synonyms: movement / social movement
2
front (v.)
be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to;
Synonyms: look / face
front (v.)
confront bodily;
Synonyms: breast
3
front (adj.)
relating to or located in the front;
the front porch
the front lines
From wordnet.princeton.edu