• (RP) enPR: fôʹfä'thə, IPA: /ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə/
  • (America) enPR: fôrʹfä'thər, IPA: /ˈfɔɹˌfɑːðɚ/

forefather (plural forefathers)

  1. Ancestor.Ancestor
    • 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.
  2. Cultural ancestor; one who originated an idea or tradition.

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