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frontage ‎(plural frontages)

  1. The front part of a property or building that faces the street
    • 1885, William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1961, Chapter III, p. 41, [1]
      Put your little reception-room here beside the door, and get the whole width of your house frontage for a square hall, and an easy low-tread staircase running up the sides of it.
    • 1981, Wole Soyinka, Aké: The Years of Childhood, New York: Vintage, 1983, Chapter I, p. 5,
      BishopsCourt appeared sometimes to want to rival the Canon's house. It looked a house-boat despite its guard of whitewashed stones and luxuriant flowers, its wooden fretwork frontage almost wholly immersed in bougainvillaea.
  2. The land between a property and the street
  3. The length of a property along a street
  4. Property or territory adjacent to a body of water
    • 1939, Time, 12 June, 1939, [2]
      And here he brought up the entire subject of geopolitics in the Baltic, a sea which Germany in wartime must control to be able to assure herself of shipments of Swedish iron ore needed for her war factories, a sea on which Soviet Russia has a frontage of only 75 miles []
    • 2016, The Chronicle Herald, 25 May, 2016, [3]
      It is important to keep municipally owned land, especially lake frontage, in the hands of the municipality.
  5. The front part (generally)
    • 1918, Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co.;, 1999, [4]
      [] to the eyes of his mother and his aunt, who occupied wicker chairs at a little distance, he was almost indistinguishable except for the stiff white shield of his evening frontage.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 18, [5]
      War looks but to the frontage, the appearance.

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