forefather

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly directly from Old Norse forfaðir.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

forefather (plural forefathers)

  1. Ancestor (Wikipedia).
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 2/1, The Younger Set[1]:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers ; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon […] .
  2. Cultural ancestor; one who originated an idea or tradition.

Translations[edit]