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[fawr-ruhn-er, fohr-, fawr-ruhn-er, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌrʌn ər, ˈfoʊr-, fɔrˈrʌn ər, foʊr-/
predecessor; ancestor; forebear; precursor.
an omen, sign, or indication of something to follow; portent:
The warm evenings were a forerunner of summer.
a person who goes or is sent in advance to announce the coming of someone or something that follows; herald; harbinger.
the Forerunner, John the Baptist.
Origin of forerunner
1250-1300; Middle English forrenner. See fore-, runner Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forerunner
  • The bastion of accessible non-violent game-play is actually the forerunner of the hardcore gaming revolution.
  • Archaeopteryx's status as the forerunner of modern birds is crumbling in the face of a new, closely-related fossil.
  • Bulletin board systems were one forerunner to today's social networks.
  • It is the forerunner of the heating system used in today cars.
  • His telescope design is the forerunner of the majority of present-day radio telescopes.
British Dictionary definitions for forerunner


a person or thing that precedes another; precursor
a person or thing coming in advance to herald the arrival of someone or something; harbinger
an indication beforehand of something to follow; omen; portent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forerunner

c.1300, from fore + runner. Middle English rendition of Latin praecursor, in reference to John the Baptist as the forerunner of Christ. The Old English word was foreboda.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forerunner in the Bible

John the Baptist went before our Lord in this character (Mark 1:2, 3). Christ so called (Heb. 6:20) as entering before his people into the holy place as their head and guide.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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