Definition of Forerunner

1. Noun. A person who goes before or announces the coming of another.

Exact synonyms: Precursor
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Predecessor



2. Noun. Something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone.
Exact synonyms: Harbinger, Herald, Precursor, Predecessor
Generic synonyms: Indicant, Indication
Derivative terms: Harbinger, Herald

3. Noun. Anything that precedes something similar in time. "Phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
Exact synonyms: Antecedent
Generic synonyms: Temporal Relation
Derivative terms: Antecedent

Definition of Forerunner

1. n. 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.

Definition of Forerunner

1. Noun. a runner at the front or ahead ¹

2. Noun. a precursor or harbinger, a warning ahead ¹

3. Noun. a forebear, an ancestor, a predecessor ¹

4. Noun. (philately) a postage stamp used in the time before a region or area issues stamps of its own ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Forerunner

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forerunner

forerank
foreranks
forereach
forereached
forereaches
forereaching
foreread
forereads
forerecited
foreremembered
forerib
forerider
foreriders
foreright
forerun
forerunner (current term)
forerunners
forerunning
foreruns
fores
foresaid
foresail
foresails
foresaw
foresay
foresays
foresee
foreseeabilities
foreseeability
foreseeable

Literary usage of Forerunner

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1. The Ancient Lowly: A History of the Ancient Working People from the Earliest by Cyrenus Osborne Ward (1900)
"... MARTYRS PRINCIPLE A CRIME PUNISHABLE WITH DEATH A forerunner the Favorite God of the ... or forerunner, was a crime at Athens punishable with death. ..."

2. The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim (1883)
"THE ANNUNCIATION OF JESUS THE MESSIAH, AND THE BIRTH OF HIS forerunner. (St. Matt. i.; St. Luke i. 26-80.) FROM the Temple to Nazareth! ..."

3. A Beginner's History of Philosophy by Herbert Ernest Cushman (1911)
"Leibnitz * as the Finisher of the Renaissance and the forerunner of the Enlightenment. ... It nevertheless makes him the forerunner of the Enlightenment. ..."

4. Progressive Men, Women, and Movements of the Past Twenty-five Years by Benjamin Orange Flower (1914)
"On its philosophical side, its great forerunner, or the man who did more than any other thinker of our time to prepare the popular mind to accept the new ..."

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