Forerunner definition

fôrrŭnər
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A sign that tells or warns of something to follow; prognostic.
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A person sent before or going before to announce or prepare the way for another or for something to follow; herald.
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An ancestor; a forebear.
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A runner at the front or ahead.
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Forerunner is defined as something or someone that goes before to tells that something or someone is coming.

An early winter storm is a forerunner of a bad winter.

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One who skis a course before the beginning of a race.
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One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
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One that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a harbinger.
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A warning sign or symptom.
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A predecessor.
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An ancestor.
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(sports) By extension, a non-competitor who leads out the competitors on to the circuit, or who runs/rides the course prior to competitor trials, usually testing or checking the way.
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A precursor or harbinger, a warning ahead.
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(philately) A postage stamp used in the time before a region or area issues stamps of its own.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
forerunner
Plural:
forerunners

Origin of forerunner