I. adjective 1.
‹technical› nearer the front, especially in the front of the body, or nearer to the head or forepart
• the veins anterior to the heart.
The opposite of posterior.
[Botany] (of a part of a flower or leaf) situated further away from the main stem.
[Phonetics] pronounced with an obstruction located in front of the palato-alveolar region of the mouth, e.g. b, p, d, t.
‹formal› coming before in time; earlier
• an incident anterior to her troubles.
II. derivatives 1. anteriority /antɪərɪˈɒrɪti / noun
2. anteriorly adverb
– origin mid 16th cent.: from French antérieur or Latin anterior, comparative of ante ‘before’.