forebear

[fawr-bair, fohr-]
noun
Usually, forebears. ancestors; forefathers.
Also, forbear.


Origin:
1425–75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer; see be, -er1

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forebear or forbear (ˈfɔːˌbɛə)
 
n
an ancestor; forefather
 
forbear or forbear
 
n

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forebear
see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.
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Example sentences
Our forebear might even teach us a few old tricks that could be used to help
  the living.
Bush is a surprising forebear of the freewheeling netizen.
Take, for instance, an intellectual forebear of the tire slasher film:
  killer-car movies.
Two dimly lighted, sparely decorated rooms with enormous ceiling fans and more
  space than the restaurant's downtown forebear.
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