fore·​moth·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce foremother (audio) \

Definition of foremother

: a female ancestor

Examples of foremother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taking inspiration from her literary foremother Zora Neale Hurston, Walker centers southern Black women, who are all too often misrepresented in American culture. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Ford borrows from her literary foremother Zora Neale Hurston — especially Hurston’s juxtaposition of happiness to intimacy with the sun. Darryl Robertson, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 Kamala Harris represents the living embodiment of the dreams of my foremother. Glamour, 12 Mar. 2021 And without the stories of our foremothers, women have no models to follow. Ruth Franklin, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020 In our own moment of global catastrophe, Wade offers us a timely invitation to join our literary foremothers in their rebellious journeys to achieve creative freedom and world harmony. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020 The posthumous salvation of our literary foremothers seems to happen regularly these days: Jean Stafford, Lucia Berlin, Bette Howland. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 9 Jan. 2020 Many histories of feminist detective fiction find foremothers for today’s anti-heroines in the hardboiled sleuths of the nineteen-seventies and eighties—in P. D. James’s Cordelia Gray, for example, and Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2019 Drag and politics have always been intertwined, ever since the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York, where drag queens and transgender women, notably the performer Marsha P. Johnson, were among the foremothers of the gay rights movement. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of foremother

1582, in the meaning defined above

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“Foremother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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