Saturday, 28 January 2012


Today's WOTD is: 'frente' = forehead

In Spanish, the noun 'frente' is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is the forehead. The noun 'frente' is also used in Spanish to translate the English noun front.

Some commonly used expressions containing the word 'frente' are:
  • Al frente (forward/ facing forward).
  • Estar al frente de (to be in charge of).
  • Ir al frente de (to lead).
  • Arrugar la frente (to frown/ display irritation/ anger/ fear).
  • Con la frente levantada (with the head held up high).
  • Con la frente muy alta ( with the head held up high) .
  • De frente (head-on/ front on).
  • En frente (opposite).
  • Frente a frente (face to face).
  • Frente común (united front).
  • Frente de acción (a campaign).
  • Frente de batalla (battle front).
  • Frente frío (cold front).
  • Frente popular (popular front).
  • Hacer frente (to face up to/ to meet-obligations/ expenditure).
  • Ponerse al frente (to take charge of).
  • Tener dos dedos de frente (to have common sense).
  • Traerlo escrito en la frente (can't deny something).

Examples of the use of the word 'frente' are:
  • ¡Da un paso al frente, por favor! (please take a step forward).
  • Pedro está al frente del depatamento de compras (Pedro is in charge of the Purchasing Department).
  • Antonio iba al frente del pelotón (Antonio was leading the platoon).
  • ¡No arrugues la frente, por favor! (please don't frown!).
  • Salimos con la frente levantada (we left with the head held high).
  • Salimos con la frente muy alta (we left with the head held high) .
  • Chocaron de frente (they crashed head on).
  • Me sacaron una foto de frente (they took a full-face photo of me).
  • El banco está en frente (the bank is opposite).
  • Nos vimos frente a frente (we met face to face/ faced each other) .
  • Tienes que hacer frente a todos los gastos (you have to meet all costs).
  • Ha entrado un frente frío por el oeste (a cold front has come in from the West).
  • El frente popular de liberación (the people's liberation front).
  • Un frente de acción contra la droga (a campaing aganist drug use)
  • ¡Hagamos un frente común! (let's create a united front!).
  • Juan se puso al frente del grupo (Juan took charge of the group).
  • ¡Hay que tener dos dedos de frente! (let's show some common sense!).
  • Traía escrito en la frente que lo había hecho (he could not deny having done it). loves the word 'frente' in the YouTube clip: Frente frío azota la costa este de los EE.UU. afectando ciudades como Nuve York y Boston

For more on the word 'frente', visit: Frente

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “frente” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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