forebear

[fawr-bair, fohr-]
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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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Related Words for forebears

forefather, forerunner, progenitor

Examples from the Web for forebears

Contemporary Examples of forebears

Historical Examples of forebears

  • The zebra is striped 356rather than spotted because its forebears wore stripes.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child

  • You'll find it easy to trace the strong resemblance Frankie has to his forebears.

    Old Mr. Wiley

    Fanny Greye La Spina

  • Like his forebears and contemporaries, he looked upon man as the real being.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • The trumpet-call of her forebears was in those stirring lines.

    Heroines of Service

    Mary Rosetta Parkman

  • By the by, father, he says, that the grand old place once belonged to my forebears.

    The World Before Them

    Susanna Moodie


British Dictionary definitions for forebears

forebear

forbear

noun
  1. an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for forebears

forebear

see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.

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