forefather

noun fore·fa·ther \ ˈfȯr-ˌfä-t͟hər \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of forefather

1 : ancestor 1a
2 : a person of an earlier period and common heritage

Examples of forefather in a Sentence

  1. our forefathers bought this farm, and our family has worked it for three generations

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First Known Use of forefather

14th century


FOREFATHER Defined for English Language Learners

forefather

noun

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

forefather

noun fore·fa·ther \ ˈfȯr-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of forefather for Students

: ancestor 1


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