fore·​bear·​er ˈfȯr-ˌber-ər How to pronounce forebearer (audio)

Examples of forebearer in a Sentence

villagers who still practice many of the customs of their forebearers
Recent Examples on the Web Like its classic-rock forebearer Desert Trip, the concert will bring two acts per night to Indio’s Empire Polo Club, on the weekend of Oct. 6-8. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2023 After leaving Alabama, Avinger served a year in the U.S. Army, then signed for a season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union, one of the forebearers of the Canadian Football League. Mark Inabinett |, al, 17 Apr. 2023 Growing population size would have affected our forebearers another way, too: by accelerating the pace of evolution. Rachel Caspari, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2012 Based on the analysis the team built a virtual model of what this land-dwelling forebearer to flying insects looked like. Roni Dengler, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2019 Mike Brown said the digital driver license is the forebearer of discriminating against the unvaccinated. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Feb. 2022 If successful, The Mayflower Autonomous Ship, named in honor of its famous nautical forebearer and known as MAS for short, will be the first such trans-Atlantic voyage by an autonomous vessel. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2021 Quaker Oats retired Aunt Jemima, allowing her real-life forebearer, Nancy Green, to step out of the shadows of a minstrel past. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2020 Chickamauga is two lakes upstream from Guntersville and other TVA lakes in Alabama, which likely means the fish or their forebearers passed through Alabama waters and that lots of them could still be there. Frank Sargeant, al, 22 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forebearer was in 1852

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“Forebearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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