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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the founder of a family;
- Example: "keep the faith of our forefathers"
[syn: forefather, father, sire]

2. person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group;
- Example: "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Forefather \Fore"fa`ther\ (?; 277), n. One who precedes another in the line of genealogy in any degree, but usually in a remote degree; an ancestor. [1913 Webster] Respecting your forefathers, you would have been taught to respect yourselves. --Burke. [1913 Webster] Forefathers' Day, the anniversary of the day (December 21) on which the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620). On account of a mistake in reckoning the change from Old Style to New Style, it has generally been celebrated on the 22d. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

forefather n 1: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: forefather, father, sire] 2: person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"