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From Old English forhēafod, corresponding to fore- + head.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɒɹɪd/, /ˈfɔːhɛd/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfoʊɹˌhɛd/, /ˈfɔɹɛd/, /ˈfɔɹɪd/, /ˈfɑɹɪd/
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forehead (plural foreheads)

  1. The part of the face above the eyebrows and below the hairline.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. [] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].