forefather (plural forefathers)
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
- 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; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; an only brother at Montauk Point having sickened in the trenches before Santiago.
- Cultural ancestor; one who originated an idea or tradition.
- French: aïeul, ancêtre
- German: Vorfahre
- Italian: avo, ascendente, antenato, progenitore
- Portuguese: antepassado
- Russian: пре́док
- Spanish: ancestro, antepasado, ascendiente, predecesor