[countable]TBBa side of a large important church building:
the west front of Rouen cathedral
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: in front, opposite, faceIf something or someone is in front ofa building, they are directly outside the front of it• Meet me in front of the station.If something or someone is oppositea building, they are outside the front of it on the other side of a street, area of land etc• the fields opposite the schoolUse the verb faceto say that a building has something outside the front of it• My apartment block faces (NOT is in front of) the sea. • a house facing the square in front of, before!! Use in front ofnot 'before', to talk about doing something so that people can see or hear you• I had to explain myself in front of (NOT before) the whole class.!! Use before, not 'in front of',to talk about the order in which things happen• Before starting (NOT In front of starting), let's list what we have to do.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.