Etymology
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forebear (n.)

"ancestor," late 15c., from fore "before" + be-er "one who exists;" agent noun from be. Originally Scottish. Related: Forebears.

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of forebear from WordNet

forebear (n.)
a person from whom you are descended;
Synonyms: forbear
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