Forefather

Definition of Forefather

Fore´fa`ther
n.1.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.

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