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Definition of "foreground" []

  • The part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer. (noun)
  • See forefront. (noun)
  • To place in the foreground; call attention to: "He is currently at work on a trilogy of pieces . . . which foreground the Algerian War” ( Eleanor Heartney). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "foreground" in a sentence
  • "Drying stage in foreground is floored Arikara fashion with a mat of willows."
  • "The large bottle in the foreground is a reference not so much to obstemiousness or moderate consumption, but rather to the fact that Rémy Martin (now Rémy Cointreau) were a loyal and longstanding client of Mallesons, and their proprietors, M. and Mme. André Hériard Dubreuil, old and generous family friends."
  • "Prominently displayed in the foreground is another Snoopy rod."