forefather forefather  /ˈfɔr ˌfɑ ðər/


  1. (n) the founder of a family
  2. (n) person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group



  1. The vote, he told Milan daily Corriere della Sera, fell well short of the clear mea culpa that his legendary forefather deserves.
  2. If true, the accusations could raise him to the status of communist forefather Joseph Stalin.
  3. For more than a century, many scientists have assumed that the forefather of all birds was a pigeon-size creature that looked like a dinosaur with feathers.



  1. "The crown never sought power," said Gyanendra who had stepped out of constitutional monarchy to head the government directly. "The crown is older than the unification of Nepal. If (my forefather) Prithvi Narayan Shah had not unified Nepal,...
    on Jan 30, 2008 By: King Gyanendra Source: Indian Muslims

  2. "Our leaders have been known to give up their lives for freedom and democracy. We rededicate ourselves to the principles that our party stands for and our forefather fought for," Drilon said.
    on Jan 26, 2010 By: Franklin Drilon Source: ABS CBN News

  3. Another of King's influences was Frederick Douglass, called the "forefather of the civil rights movement."
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Frederick Douglass Source: findingDulcinea

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