[fawr-ruhn-er, fohr-, fawr-ruhn-er, fohr-]
- predecessor; ancestor; forebear; precursor.
- an omen, sign, or indication of something to follow; portent: The warm evenings were a forerunner of summer.
- a person who goes or is sent in advance to announce the coming of someone or something that follows; herald; harbinger.
- the Forerunner, John the Baptist.
Origin of forerunner
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I see Dickens as the forerunner to people like Chaplin and Woody Allen, really.Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! ‘Lost,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Veep’ Writers on His Legacy
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The ancient prototype and forerunner of political influence.The Devil's Dictionary
Beowulf is the forerunner of that other national dragon-slayer, St. George.Beowulf
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It is looked upon as the forerunner of other and larger ones.The Last Voyage
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The inn yard was to some extent the forerunner of the theatre.William Shakespeare
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- a person or thing that precedes another; precursor
- a person or thing coming in advance to herald the arrival of someone or something; harbinger
- an indication beforehand of something to follow; omen; portent
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Word Origin and History for forerunner
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