Definitions

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

  • n. An arena for jai alai.

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  • n. A two-walled or single-walled court used as a playing area for Basque pelota.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as frontal, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a pediment.

Etymologies

Spanish frontón, wall, fronton, augmentative of frente, forehead, face, from Old Spanish fruente, from Latin frōns, front-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Above her a radiated head, representing God the Father, forms the point of the triangle that encircles the inside fronton, which is decked with figures playing on different musical instruments.

    Historical Sketch of the Cathedral of Strasburg

  • The fronton, which is over the portico, has no ornament in the centre; neither has the frieze nor architrave: but some holes mark where the bronze letters of an inscription were once inserted.

    The Idler in France

  • Most towns have a court like this one, called a fronton in Spanish.

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  • Long ago, the fronton was a glamorous venue, where high-society folks came to place bets on the fast-paced game and where celebrities performed.

    SplicedFeed

  • Basque town, you'll find a tall "fronton" * wall, in stacked stone or concrete, against which the locals still play ball, or "pilota," * with their hands or with oblong baskets.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Basque town, you'll find a tall "fronton"* wall, in stacked stone or concrete, against which the locals still play ball, or "pilota,"* with their hands or with oblong baskets.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Or find a "fronton," which often serves as a local meeting point, to watch locals play a pickup game of "pelote basque," a cross between tennis and baseball (Plaza Berri).

    Biarritz

  • The cosy Villa Catarie is smack in the middle of Guéthary, within walking distance of the beach, oceanside cafes and the local "fronton" (avenue du Général de Gaulle, Tel.

    Biarritz

  • Tijuana boasts a bullfight ring, racetracks for both dogs and horses, a jai alai fronton, golf courses, museums and cultural c ... read more exploring-tourism

    The Captain's Hat

  • My own children would play for hours on its vast fronton (court), theoretically for pelota but more often for impromptu football, or rollerskating, or teenage flirting or, at night, dances and fireworks or Basque games (shows of strength).

    Classic France: the insiders' guide

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