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forefather

[fawr-fah-th er, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfɑ ðər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
an ancestor.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English forefader. See fore-, father
Related forms
forefatherly, adjective
Synonyms
forebear, progenitor, patriarch, forerunner.
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British Dictionary definitions for forefather

forefather

/ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə/
noun
1.
an ancestor, esp a male
Derived Forms
forefatherly, adjective
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Word Origin and History for forefather
n.

"ancestor," c.1300, from fore- + father (n.); perhaps directly from Old Norse forfaðir.

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