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Definition of forerunner noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



forerunner (of somebody/something)
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a person or thing that came before and influenced someone or something else that is similar; a sign of what is going to happen Rhythm and blues was undoubtedly one of the forerunners of rock and roll. He is recognized as the forerunner of all modern-day psychoanalysts. An early injury proved the forerunner of a disastrous performance by Williams.
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