from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period of time between sunrise and noon; morning.

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  • n. The time period between dawn and noon; morning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The early part of the day, from morning to meridian, or noon.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the time period between dawn and noon


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  • 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. —

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • 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.

    The Choctaw Freedmen and The Story of Oak Hill Industrial Academy

  • Our amusements for the forenoon were our nautical studies, and in the afternoon officers and men joined in cricket.

    Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales

  • 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.

    The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure

  • What he did with himself during the forenoon was a profound mystery.

    Willis the Pilot

  • 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.

    Willis the Pilot

  • 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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  • The forenoon is the portion of the day between waking up in the morning and midday, which makes a forenoons a brunch or a light snack taken between breakfast and lunch. A small snack eaten immediately after a meal, meanwhile, is a postpast, the opposite of which is an antepast, eaten as an appetizer or starter.

    January 9, 2018