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forebear

noun fore·bear \-ˌber\

Simple Definition of forebear

  • : a member of your family in the past

Full Definition of forebear

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

Examples of forebear

  1. His forebears fought in the American Civil War.

  2. <his forebears came to America on the Mayflower>



Variants of forebear

also for·bear \-ˌber\

Origin of forebear

Middle English (Scots), from fore- + -bear (from been to be)


First Known Use: 15th century


FOREBEAR Defined for Kids

forebear

noun fore·bear \ˈfȯr-ˌber\

Definition of forebear

  1. :  ancestor 1





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