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Definition of Forerunner


  1. A messenger sent before to give notice of the approach of others; a harbinger; a sign foreshowing something; a prognostic; as, the forerunner of a fever.
  2. A predecessor; an ancestor.
  3. A piece of rag terminating the log line.

Forerunner Quotations

The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.
Pope John XXIII

Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.
Carlos Fuentes

For me, naming bands was the forerunner to really writing lyrics, because I work off titles.
Jim Capaldi

In some of the middle colonies the towns and counties were both active and had a relation with each other which was the forerunner of the present system of local government in the Western States.
Albert Bushnell Hart

Jazz came out of New Orleans, and that was the forerunner of everything. You mix jazz with European rhythms, and that's rock n' roll, really. You can make the argument that it all started on the streets of New Orleans with the jazz funerals.
The Edge
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Forerunner Translations

forerunner in German is Vorbote
forerunner in Italian is annunziatore
forerunner in Latin is prodromus
forerunner in Spanish is nuncio, precursor

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