[syn: antecedent, forerunner]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Forerunner \Fore*run"ner\, n.
1. A messenger sent before to give notice of the approach of
others; a harbinger; a sign foreshowing something; a
prognostic; as, the forerunner of a fever.
Whither the forerunner in for us entered, even
Jesus. --Heb. vi. 20.
My elder brothers, my forerunners, came. --Dryden.
2. A predecessor; an ancestor. [Obs.] --Shak.
3. (Naut.) A piece of rag terminating the log line.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
[syn: precursor, forerunner]
2: something that precedes and indicates the approach of
something or someone [syn: harbinger, forerunner,
predecessor, herald, precursor]
3: anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology
was an antecedent of modern neuroscience" [syn: antecedent,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
101 Moby Thesaurus words for "forerunner":
Gabriel, Mahdi, advertisement, advertiser, ancestor, announcement,
announcer, antecedent, augury, author, avant-garde, bell cow,
bell mare, bellwether, born leader, buccinator,
buccinator novi temporis, bushwhacker, charismatic leader,
choirmaster, choragus, coach, conductor, coryphaeus, duce, envoy,
evangel, evangelist, example, exemplar, explorer, file leader,
forebear, forefather, foregoer, foreshadow, foreshadower,
foretoken, forewarning, front runner, frontiersman, fugleman,
groundbreaker, guide, harbinger, herald, herald angel, initiator,
innovator, inspired leader, instructor, lead runner, leader,
leader of men, mark, mentor, messenger, messiah, model, omen,
originator, outrider, pacemaker, pacesetter, pathfinder, pattern,
pioneer, point, portent, precedent, precentor, precursor,
predecessor, premise, premonition, premonitor, preparationist,
preparator, preparer, presage, presager, progenitor, prognostic,
prototype, ringleader, scout, sign, standard-bearer, stormy petrel,
symphonic conductor, symptom, teacher, token, torchbearer,
trailblazer, trailbreaker, trainer, vanguard, vaunt-courier,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
John the Baptist went before our Lord in this character (Mark
1:2, 3). Christ so called (Heb. 6:20) as entering before his
people into the holy place as their head and guide.