Definition of forefather noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

forefather

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɑːðə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfɑːðər//
 
[usually plural](formal or literary) Family background
 
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a person (especially a man) in your family who lived a long time ago synonym ancestor See related entries: Family background
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: forefather