Part of speech: noun

A herald.

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Usage examples "forerunner":

  1. For them there has been active and unceasing work, their brooms laboring as vainly as Mrs. Partington's against the rising tide of woe and want and fruitless toil, each wave only the forerunner of mightier and more destructive ones, while the world has gone its way, casting abundant contributions toward the workers, but denying that there was need for agitation or speculation as to where or how the next crest might break. - "Prisoners of Poverty Abroad", Helen Campbell.
  2. It seemed to say to me,- Forerunner, your runnin' is done, and well done! - "Sweet Cicely Or Josiah Allen as a Politician", Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley).
  3. This forerunner in philosophy was also an elegant writer, a historian, and a wit. - "The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I", Various.