AskDefine | Define forehead

Dictionary Definition



1 the part of the face above the eyes [syn: brow]
2 the large cranial bone forming the front part of the cranium: the forehead and the upper part of the orbits [syn: frontal bone, os frontale]

User Contributed Dictionary



forheafod, corresponding to fore- + head.


  • (UK) /ˈfɒɹɪd/|/ˈfɔːhɛd/


  1. The part of the face above the eyebrows and below the hairline.


part of face above eyebrows

Extensive Definition

In human anatomy, the forehead or brow is the bony part of the head above the eyes.

Cultural Aspects

A popular stereotype is that having a large forehead signifies a high level of intelligence. Certain hairstyles, such as fringe or bangs hide a portion of the forehead.


Historically, the word has rhymed with "horrid" RP: [ˈfɒɹɪd], GenAm: [ˈfɔɹɪd], but the spelling pronunciation RP: [ˈfɔːhɛd], GenAm: [ˈfɔɹhɛd] has become more common in recent years.

Other Uses

The name 'Forehead' is also a popular nickname for fictional character Cassie Turner, played by Sharni Vinson, in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.

External links

forehead in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Forhēafod
forehead in Arabic: جبهة
forehead in Breton: Tal
forehead in Chuvash: Çамка
forehead in German: Stirn
forehead in Dhivehi: ނިއްކުރި
forehead in Esperanto: Frunto
forehead in Persian: پیشانی
forehead in Scottish Gaelic: Bathais
forehead in Croatian: Čelo
forehead in Indonesian: Dahi
forehead in Italian: Fronte (anatomia)
forehead in Pampanga: Kanwan
forehead in Lingala: Eboló
forehead in Dutch: Voorhoofd
forehead in Japanese: 額
forehead in Pangasinan: Muling
forehead in Portuguese: Testa
forehead in Russian: Лоб
forehead in Simple English: Forehead
forehead in Finnish: Otsa
forehead in Tagalog: Noo
forehead in Turkish: Alın
forehead in Ukrainian: Чоло
forehead in Dimli: Çare
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