Definition of forefather in English:

forefather

Syllabification: fore·fa·ther
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌfäT͟Hər
 
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noun

(usually one's forefathers)
  • 1A member of the past generations of one’s family or people; an ancestor.
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    • Generations of his forefathers had worked as miners, loyal to the union and at major risk of terrible injuries as they worked the kingdom's coal seams.
    • Like their forefathers, the present generation also has to put up with the stench.
    • Otho's father, three times mayor of Exeter, was John, and his forefathers in four preceding generations were all either John or William.
  • 1.1A precursor of a particular movement: the forefathers of rock ‘n’ roll
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    • These bands are the forefathers of this movement.
    • It was a seminal collection of work, and he was a forefather to the surrealist movement, as I later found out, and was deeply influential to Marcel Duchamp.
    • Take, for example, the fact that while Lovecraft is usually described as a forefather of modern horror fiction, his stories are, to put it bluntly, not very scary.

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