forerunner ( forerunners plural ) If you describe a person or thing as the forerunnerof someone or something similar, you mean they existed before them and either influenced their development or were a sign of what was going to happen. n-count oft N of n
...a machine which, in some respects, was the forerunner of the modern helicopter...
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1 ancestor, announcer, envoy, forebear, foregoer, harbinger, herald, precursor, predecessor, progenitor, prototype
2 augury, foretoken, indication, omen, portent, premonition, prognostic, sign, token
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