forefather

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Forefather \Fore"fa'ther\ (?; 277), noun One who precedes another in the line of genealogy in any degree, but usually in a remote degree; an ancestor.

Respecting your forefathers, you would have been taught to respect yourselves. --Burke.

{Forefathers' Day}, the anniversary of the day (December 21) on which the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620). On account of a mistake in reckoning the change from Old Style to New Style, it has generally been celebrated on the 22d.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

forefather

noun

1: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: {forefather}, {father}, {sire}]

2: person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"


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