Forefather definitions

fôr'fä'thər
An ancestor.
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A person who is from an earlier time and has originated or contributed to a common tradition shared by a particular group.
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An ancestor.
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Cultural ancestor; one who originated an idea or tradition.
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Origin of forefather

Possibly directly from Old Norse forfaðir.