noun fore·bear \-ˌber\

: a member of your family in the past

Full Definition of FOREBEAR

:  ancestor, forefather; also :  precursor —usually used in plural

Variants of FOREBEAR

fore·bear also for·bear \-ˌber\

Examples of FOREBEAR

  1. His forebears fought in the American Civil War.
  2. <his forebears came to America on the Mayflower>

Origin of FOREBEAR

Middle English (Scots), from fore- + -bear (from been to be)
First Known Use: 15th century
FOREBEAR Defined for Kids


noun fore·bear \ˈfr-ˌber\

Definition of FOREBEAR for Kids

:  ancestor 1


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