American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The period of time between sunrise and noon; morning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The period of daylight before noon; the day from sunrise to noon; the morning; in a restricted sense, the latter part of the morning, especially that part of it which is ordinarily employed in transacting business.
- (fōr′ nön). Pertaining to, occurring in, or connected with that part of the day before noon: as, a forenoon visit.
- n. The time period between dawn and noon; morning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The early part of the day, from morning to meridian, or noon.
- n. the time period between dawn and noon
“The forenoon was a dreary time, but at noon the solicitor came,”
“The remainder of the forenoon was a tussle with lessons not glanced at since Friday night. —”
“All reasons for Longstreet's failure to attack during the forenoon are the subject of one of the most familiar controversies of Gettysburg.”
“The meeting consisted of one long session, called a forenoon meeting, and at its close, it fell to our lot to accept an unexpected invitation to enjoy an old-time picnic dinner, which was soon spread on the backless benches in the church.”
“Our amusements for the forenoon were our nautical studies, and in the afternoon officers and men joined in cricket.”
“He conclusively felt that his forenoon was the better half of the day for clear-headedness and hard labor; he has added nearly a score of pounds to his weight, and his case has been a wonder to all his farmer friends, who see only starvation in cutting down brain and needless stomach taxing.”
“What he did with himself during the forenoon was a profound mystery.”
“The primary and most elementary subdivisions of time are day and night, and it demanded no great stretch of human ingenuity to divide the day into two sections, called forenoon and afternoon, or into twelve sections, called hours.”
“The most of that forenoon, that is the hour or so remaining, was spent by Mr. Winslow in sitting by the workbench and idly scratching upon a board with the point of the chisel.”
“The forenoon was a dreary time, but at noon the solicitor came: Mr. Marquand, of Wholeman, Sons, Marquand & Lidderdale.”
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Words from the book by Jane Austen.
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