Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who serves as a nominal leader but who lacks real authority.
  • noun Music A leading singer with a group.

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  • noun A person acting as the public face of some other, covert group.
  • noun The lead male singer in a band.

Etymologies

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front +‎ man

Examples

  • This movement started spreading about 5 years ago, as an hobby from Josh Homme, frontman from the rock band Queens of the Stone Age.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • This movement started spreading about 5 years ago, as an hobby from Josh Homme, frontman from the rock band Queens of the Stone Age.

    Secret wall tattoos

  • The Coldplay frontman is the latest celebrity to secure a guest appearance on The Simpsons, Entertainment Weekly has learned.

    President Obama “The Simpsons” Guest Appearance

  • Zack de la Rocha, best known as the frontman for the band Rage Against the Machine, went a different route to express his support for protestors: he decided to write a poem for the movement.

    John Lundberg: A Poem That Rages Against the Machine

  • But Zack de la Rocha, best known as the frontman for the band Rage Against the Machine, went a different route to express his support for protestors: he decided to write a poem for the movement.

    John Lundberg: A Poem That Rages Against the Machine

  • David Byrne, best known as the frontman for Talking Heads, is also an avid bicycling advocate.

    Memories of war-torn childhoods

  • David Byrne, best known as the frontman for Talking Heads, is also an avid bicycling advocate.

    Memories of war-torn childhoods

  • But Zack de la Rocha, best known as the frontman for the band Rage Against the Machine, went a different route to express his support for protestors: he decided to write a poem for the movement.

    John Lundberg: A Poem That Rages Against the Machine

  • Best known as the frontman for Pearl Jam's artful bombast, singer Eddie Vedder takes it down a notch—and then some—with the sounds of his coming solo album "Ukulele Songs" May 31.

    A Summer Sampler

  • "When I first got the script, it really struck a chord with me," said Mr. Barzelay, best known as the frontman for the formerly Brooklyn-based band Clem Snide.

    A Rhythm in Its Ear and a Song in Its Heart

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