forebear

[fawr-bair, fohr-]

noun

Usually forebears. ancestors; forefathers.

Also forbear.

Origin of forebear

1425–75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer; see be, -er1
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forefather, forerunner, progenitor

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British Dictionary definitions for forebear

forebear

forbear

noun

an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for forebear

see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.

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