[fawr-muhth-er, fohr-]


a female ancestor.

Origin of foremother

1575–85; fore- + mother1 on the model of forefather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foremother

Historical Examples of foremother

  • Some forefather of yours may have heard the song of the Over-Lord, perhaps from the lips of some foremother of mine.

    Stella Fregelius

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for foremother



a female ancestor
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