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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 piece of rag terminating the log line.
  3. A predecessor; an ancestor.

Synonyms:

presage, brassica, outrider, the annals of something, precede, progenitor, date back to, root, harbinger, prognostication, historical, omen, bush, trumpeter, portent, presager, antecedent, sign, show, augury, cactus, those were the days, granddaddy, prognostic, precursor, herald, bean, prefigurement, early, daddy, historically, foresight, foretoken, rewrite history, retrospective, cereal, clone, climber, angel, bedding plant, ascendant, alpine, in retrospect, warn, ascendent, annual.

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