forefather

noun
fore·​fa·​ther | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce forefather (audio) \

Definition of forefather

2 : a person of an earlier period and common heritage

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Examples of forefather in a Sentence

our forefathers bought this farm, and our family has worked it for three generations
Recent Examples on the Web The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 Iggy Pop, frontman of groundbreaking rock outfit the Stooges and long considered a forefather of punk, has been named a recipient of the 2022 Polar Music Prize. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2022 The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 The political forefather of this vision is probably Pat Buchanan, who inveighed against free trade and multiculturalism in the 1990s. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forefather

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forefather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forefather. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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forefather

noun
fore·​fa·​ther | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce forefather (audio) \

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