Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
  • n. An ancestor; a forebear.
  • n. One that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a harbinger.
  • n. A warning sign or symptom.
  • n. Sports One who skis the course before the beginning of a race.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a runner at the front or ahead
  • n. a precursor or harbinger, a warning ahead
  • n. a forebear, an ancestor, a predecessor
  • n. a postage stamp used in the time before a region or area issues stamps of its own

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A messenger sent before to give notice of the approach of others; a harbinger; a sign foreshowing something; a prognostic.
  • n. A predecessor; an ancestor.
  • n. A piece of rag terminating the log line.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which foreruns; an annunciator; a harbinger: as, John the Baptist was the forerunner of Christ.
  • n. An ancestor or predecessor.
  • n. A prognostic; a premonitory token; a sign foreshowing something to follow: as, popular tumults are the forerunners of revolution.
  • n. Nautical, a piece of bunting or other material inserted in a log-line to mark the point at which the glass must be turned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
  • n. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
  • n. anything that precedes something similar in time

Etymologies

fore + runner (Wiktionary)

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