Forebear definition

fôrbâr
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A person from whom one is descended; an ancestor.
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An ancestor.
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The definition of a forebear is a person's ancestor.

An example of a forebear is a person's great great great grandfather.

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Obsolete spelling of forbear.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
forebear
Plural:
forebears

Origin of forebear

  • Late Middle English (Scottish) forbear Middle English fore- fore- beer one who is (from ben to be be) (-er -er –er1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From fore- +‎ beer (“one who is or exists”). More at beer.

    From Wiktionary