for·nent(fər-nĕnt′) or for·ninst (-nĭnst′) also fer·ninst (-nĭnst′)
prep. Chiefly Midland US
Opposite, near to, or against: Their barn is fornent the house.
[Dialectal (Scotland, northern England, and Ireland) : fore + anent, anenst (from Middle English; see anent).]
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