Meaning of front bench

front' bench'

Pronunciation: [key]
— Brit. Brit.
  1. (in the House of Commons) either of two seats near the Speaker, on which the leaders of the major parties sit.
  2. the leaders who occupy a front bench. Cf. back bench.
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