forerunner

noun
fore·​run·​ner | \ˈfȯr-ˌrə-nər \

Definition of forerunner 

1 : one that precedes and indicates the approach of another: such as

a : a premonitory sign or symptom

b : a skier who runs the course before the start of a race

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forerunner, precursor, harbinger, herald mean one that goes before or announces the coming of another. forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage. the blockade was the forerunner of war precursor applies to a person or thing paving the way for the success or accomplishment of another. 18th century poets like Burns were precursors of the Romantics harbinger and herald both apply, chiefly figuratively, to one that proclaims or announces the coming or arrival of a notable event. their early victory was the harbinger of a winning season the herald of a new age in medicine

Examples of forerunner in a Sentence

a simple machine that was the forerunner of today's computers I had that strange feeling that's the forerunner of a cold.

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And since modern East African herders don't use their livestock as beasts of burden, Hildebrand and her colleagues assume their ancient forerunners didn't either. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries," 21 Aug. 2018 Its forerunner, the Mini 9, will do in a pinch if budget is a consideration, but there’s still something richer and more pleasing to the eye about square ratio film. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018 Starting in the 1970s, Peter H. Wood and Richard S. Dunn drew historians’ eyes to South Carolina and the English West Indies as forerunners of the U.S. slave economy. Kathleen Duval, WSJ, "‘1619’ and ‘Marooned’ Review: Filling in Early America’s Blanks," 25 Oct. 2018 In the chaos that followed, the NKVD — Stalin’s intelligence agency and forerunner of the KGB — made a mistake that would doom all the Soviet agents who would infiltrate the Manhattan Project, the top-secret American effort to build an atomic bomb. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "Chance Encounters," 17 Aug. 2018 But Mr Cruickshank does develop a convincing case for the Reliance Building—which today looks almost wholly unexceptional—as the forerunner of groundbreaking work by later architects such as Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. The Economist, "The birth of the skyscraper on the streets of Chicago," 28 June 2018 In many ways a forerunner of On the Town, this is another dance musical about life in vintage New York, this time told from the perspective of two sisters living in the Village. Aja Romano, Vox, "Leonard Bernstein gave American music so much more than West Side Story.," 25 Aug. 2018 In a report released on July 11, 2018, scientists believe stone tools like this could have belonged to our evolutionary forerunners that lived 2.1 million years ago. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, chicagotribune.com, "Stone tools excavated in China suggest human relatives left Africa earlier," 11 July 2018 The modest illustrator served in the Office Of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Camden-born illustrator, turning 100, left his mark on Nazi trials | Stu Bykofsky," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of forerunner

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forerunner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forerunner

: someone or something that comes before another

: a sign of something that is going to happen

forerunner

noun
fore·​run·​ner | \ˈfȯr-ˌrə-nər \

Kids Definition of forerunner

: someone or something that comes before especially as a sign of the coming of another

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