Definition of forefather
1 : ancestor 1a
2 : a person of an earlier period and common heritage
Examples of forefather in a Sentence
our forefathers bought this farm, and our family has worked it for three generations
Recent Examples of forefather from the Web
Hillsborough County will honor the CWF forefathers Luttrall and Graham during the CWF Fanfest on Saturday, June 3 at the American Legion Hall Post 147, 17383 Gunn Hwy.
Among his forefathers, his wife said, was William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.
But most especially by the forefathers of Hip-Hop: Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, Raheim and all the b-boys, b-girls, graffiti-writers, MC’s and DJ’s that made this story possible.
That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.
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First Known Use of forefather
FOREFATHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forefather for English Language Learners
: a person (especially a man) who was in your family in past times
: a person (especially a man) from an earlier time who helped to create or start something modern or important
FOREFATHER Defined for Kids
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