Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman ancestor.

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  • n. a female ancestor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female ancestor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman ancestor

Etymologies

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From fore- +‎ mother.

Examples

  • In "La muerte en el este de Edén/Death in the East of Eden," Hernandez has painted Eve, our foremother, as a dead naked woman wearing the mask of a luchador with orange antlers.

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  • In "La muerte en el este de Edén/Death in the East of Eden," Hernandez has painted Eve, our foremother, as a dead naked woman wearing the mask of a luchador with orange antlers.

    Max Benavidez: ELAC's VPAM: A Game Changer for L.A. Art Scene

  • And as the heat of the room ebbed away, he told of her foremother and of his, and of the sturdy Welse who fought the great lone fight, and died, fighting, at Treasure City.

    CHAPTER 17

  • The ruff design was a foremother to what we simply know today as ruffles.

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  • To begin with, it is significant to note that the Bible bestowed on Ruth, the foreign woman, the honor of being the foremother of the most important dynasty of the Jewish people — the house of David, from which the Messiah is to come.

    Biblical Women in World and Hebrew Literature.

  • Our feminist foremother believed we could have it all.

    The Myth of the Fulfilled Career Woman

  • The second poem, “Miriam,” offers a more comprehensive portrait of the biblical Miriam and develops the theme of identification between the contemporary poet and her biblical foremother.

    Yokheved Bat-Miriam (Zhelezhniak).

  • I admire Anne McCaffrey, and I consider her a foremother and role model and an influence within the genre.

    You'll Never Look at Pern the same way again

  • It was not long ago that my foremother would have had her child ripped from her arms as she struggled with all of her strength.

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  • Great Regulars: And Ursula Fanthorpe has been that essential figure, a literary foremother, for several generations of women poets.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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