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FOREFATHER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does forefather mean? 

FOREFATHER (noun)
  The noun FOREFATHER has 2 senses:

1. the founder of a family
2. person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group

  Familiarity information: FOREFATHER used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FOREFATHER (noun)


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Meaning:

The founder of a family

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

forefather; father; sire

Context example:

keep the faith of our forefathers

Hypernyms ("forefather" is a kind of...):

ancestor; antecedent; ascendant; ascendent; root (someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "forefather"):

patriarch (any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race)


Sense 2forefather [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

our forefathers brought forth a great nation

Hypernyms ("forefather" is a kind of...):

predecessor (one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office))


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