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

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villagers who still practice many of the customs of their forebearers
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This year was not supposed to be anything like 2019 — and COVID made sure of it," 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, "Warning to anglers: Invasive carp moving up Tennessee River," 22 Jan. 2020 Our generation inherited a healthy ocean from our forebearers. CNN, "Benioff and Branson: Business leaders need to step up in the fight against our climate crisis," 24 Sep. 2019 Many of our forebearers, including my great-grandfather, were undocumented immigrants, no different from Central American migrants today. Aaron Freedman, The New Republic, "Open Borders Made America Great," 9 Aug. 2019 Like so many long-standing Southern white families, McConnell's forebearers built their wealth with free slave labor and cheap land. The Courier-Journal, "In McConnell’s boyhood town where his family owned slaves, the reparations debate thrives," 13 July 2019 With over 200 years of Indiana history in the books, 35 stops across the state are offering discounts May 10 to learn about our Indiana forebearers or examine antiques. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana state parks, museums and more to offer freebies, discounts in May," 1 May 2018 The loss left New England at 2-2 and prompted at least a few questions as to whether these Patriots – particularly on the defensive side – were Roman numeral material like many of their forebearers. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Patriots say Week 4 loss to Panthers played a key role in eventual Super Bowl run," 1 Feb. 2018 One Direction’s breakout heartthrob Harry Styles always had a habit of flaunting classic rock tees, but unlike the vast majority of teens in vintage apparel, Styles’ interest in the genre’s forebearers goes far beyond cloth. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Rock Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks," 20 Dec. 2017

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Forebearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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