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fore·run·ner

 (fôr′rŭn′ər)
n.
1.
a. One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
b. An ancestor; a forebear.
2.
a. One that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a harbinger.
b. A warning sign or symptom.
3. One who skis a course before the beginning of a race.

forerunner

(ˈfɔːˌrʌnə)
n
1. a person or thing that precedes another; precursor
2. a person or thing coming in advance to herald the arrival of someone or something; harbinger
3. an indication beforehand of something to follow; omen; portent

fore•run•ner

(ˈfɔrˌrʌn ər, ˈfoʊr-, fɔrˈrʌn ər, foʊr-)

n.
1. predecessor; ancestor; precursor.
2. an omen or sign of something to follow; portent.
3. a person who appears in advance to announce the coming of someone or something else; herald; harbinger.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forerunner - a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
predecessor - one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
2.forerunner - something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
indicant, indication - something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
3.forerunner - anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
temporal relation - a relation involving time

forerunner

noun
1. omen, sign, indication, token, premonition, portent, augury, prognostic, foretoken Some respiratory symptoms can be the forerunners of asthma.
2. precursor, predecessor, ancestor, prototype, forebear, harbinger, progenitor, herald the forerunners of those who were to support the Nazis

forerunner

noun
1. One that precedes, as in time:
2. A phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future good or evil:
Idiom: writing on the wall.
3. One that indicates or announces someone or something to come:
Translations
السابِق، المُمَهِّد، المُبَشِّر بِمَجيء
předzvěst
forgængerforløber
elõhírnök
fyrirrennari
praecursor
pirmtakas
priekšgājējspriekštecis

forerunner

[ˈfɔːˌrʌnəʳ] Nprecursor(a) m/f

forerunner

[ˈfɔːrrʌnər] n (= person) → précurseur m (= thing) → ancêtre m
to be the forerunner of sth [thing] → être l'ancêtre de qch

forerunner

n (= precursor)Vorläufer m; a forerunner of things to comeein Vorbote mder Zukunft

forerunner

[ˈfɔːˌrʌnəʳ] nprecursore m; (Skiing) → apripista m/f inv

forerunner

(ˈfoːranə) noun
a person or thing which is a sign of what is to follow. Penicillin was the forerunner of modern antibiotics.
References in classic literature ?
O EVE, some furder change awaits us nigh, Which Heav'n by these mute signs in Nature shews Forerunners of his purpose, or to warn Us haply too secure of our discharge From penaltie, because from death releast Some days; how long, and what till then our life, Who knows, or more then this, that we are dust, And thither must return and be no more.
He drew from his breast the diamond cross and the star of the Garter which she had sent him by those generous Frenchmen; he kissed it, and then, as he reflected, that she would never again see those things till he lay cold and mutilated in the tomb, there passed over him one of those icy shivers which may be called forerunners of death.
Wherever an organisation is crippled, wherever confusion is thrown into any branch of any department, we gain a step for those who take on the work; we are but the forerunners.
I have here in front of me these singular productions, at which one might smile, had they not proved themselves to be the forerunners of so terrible a tragedy.
The water was rising higher and higher, and the gusts, forerunners of a steady breeze, were growing stiffer and stiffer.
Perfect calms at sea are always suspected by the experienced mariner to be the forerunners of a storm, and I know some persons, who, without being generally the devotees of superstition, are apt to apprehend that great and unusual peace or tranquillity will be attended with its opposite.
They are the companions and forerunners of such saintship.
It seemed like the forerunner of something absolutely serious, which she did not wish.
In reality, it was the forerunner of approaching catastrophe -- the formidable herald of the end.
This terrible spectacle was the forerunner of the series of maritime catastrophes that the Nautilus was destined to meet with in its route.
The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled Pomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board.
It will be the forerunner also of other interesting events: your sister's marriage, and your taking orders.