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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forefather  \Fore"fa`ther\  (?;  277),  n. 
  One  who  precedes  another  in  the  line  of  genealogy  in  any 
  degree,  but  usually  in  a  remote  degree;  an  ancestor. 
 
  Respecting  your  forefathers,  you  would  have  been  taught 
  to  respect  yourselves.  --Burke. 
 
  {Forefathers'  Day},  the  anniversary  of  the  day  (December  21) 
  on  which  the  Pilgrim  Fathers  landed  at  Plymouth, 
  Massachusetts  (1620).  On  account  of  a  mistake  in  reckoning 
  the  change  from  Old  Style  to  New  Style,  it  has  generally 
  been  celebrated  on  the  22d. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forefather 
  n  1:  the  founder  of  a  family;  "keep  the  faith  of  our  forefathers" 
  [syn:  {father},  {sire}] 
  2:  person  from  an  earlier  time  who  contributed  to  the  tradition 
  shared  by  some  group  "our  forefathers  brought  forth  a 
  great  nation" 




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