• WordNet 3.6
    • n forenoon the time period between dawn and noon "I spent the morning running errands"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forenoon The early part of the day, from morning to meridian, or noon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forenoon 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.
    • forenoon (fōr′ nön). Pertaining to, occurring in, or connected with that part of the day before noon: as, a forenoon visit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Forenoon fōr′nōōn the part of the day before noon or midday
    • adj Forenoon pertaining to this part of the day
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I'm sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for.”


In literature:

She came alone that forenoon.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Seated on the grass with his two lieutenants, the captain listened to the report of Deck on the events of the forenoon.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
He made several calls at various houses along the river during the forenoon.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The next forenoon Miss Octavia got off the train at the Arundel station with a very grim face.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The forenoon came on chill and squally, with a low scud driving rapidly from the west.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
I should say 200 species could be picked up in a forenoon's walk.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
Own up, now, was you asleep all the forenoon, the 4th, while other boys were celebrating, or did you scorch my cat?
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
It continued to blow as fresh as it had since the middle of the forenoon till dark.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
In the early forenoon of the next day a man in the livery of Sir Walter came to "Ye Swanne" and asked for Master Morgan.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
We came over here from Liverpool at eleven this forenoon.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens

In poetry:

When in the forenoon of the year
Fresh flowers and leaves fill all the earth,
I hear glad music, faint and clear,
Singing day's birth.
"When In The Forenoon Of The Year" by Thomas MacDonagh
Till of a sudden,
May-be kill'd, unknown to her mate,
One forenoon the she-bird crouch'd not on the nest,
Nor return'd that afternoon, nor the next,
Nor ever appear'd again.
"Sea-Shore Memories" by Walt Whitman
And midnight madnesses of souls distraught
Whom the cool seas call through the open port,
So that the table lacks one place next morn,
And for one forenoon men forego their sport.
"The Exiles' Line" by Rudyard Kipling
But one brigade, early in the forenoon, order'd forward to engage the
Of that brigade I tell, and how steadily it march'd,
And how long and how well it stood, confronting death.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman
O the gleesome saunter over fields and hill-sides!
The leaves and flowers of the commonest weeds—the moist fresh
stillness of the woods,
The exquisite smell of the earth at day-break, and all through the
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman