Definition of the front bench noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the front bench

BrE BrE//ˌfrʌnt ˈbentʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfrʌnt ˈbentʃ//
[countable + singular or plural verb] Parliament
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the most important members of the government and the opposition in the British parliament, who sit in the front rows of seats an Opposition front-bench spokesman on defence She was recalled to the front bench less than a year after she resigned. compare back bench See related entries: Parliament