Definition of foremother in US English:



usually one's foremothers
  • A female ancestor or precursor of something.

    • ‘As we celebrate this Trinity Sunday, remember not only those who gave their life's blood in the struggle at Normandy, but also give thanks for the faith of our forefathers and foremothers who staked their lives upon their faith in God.’
    • ‘It's been passed on and passed on by our forefathers and foremothers throughout time.’
    • ‘Our forefathers and foremothers were human, made of flesh and blood.’
    • ‘With scraps and fabric recycling, you can be creative and frugal and all those things our foremothers and forefathers were when they were sewing at home.’
    • ‘The souls of each of the forefathers and foremothers plead to God to spare the Jews from permanent exile.’
    • ‘Let me envision my foremother as a lusty woman so enchanted with the piercing blue eyes and bright hair of the muscular Vikings that she offered herself for a night, or many nights, of passion with one or more.’
    • ‘The Fourth of July was the time to commemorate the forefathers and foremothers who started it all.’
    • ‘My ancestors were systematically stolen and enslaved by white forefathers and foremothers - a legacy that, no matter how much we want to disregard it, is still reaping a stunted harvest.’
    • ‘It must be an absolute tragedy for people to know that the language of their forefathers and foremothers would possibly be lost.’
    • ‘Since July 4, 1776, thanks to the victories and struggles of our forefathers and foremothers, America has flourished as an expanding democracy.’
    • ‘Intercontinental travel and trade, and the mixing of cultures and populations are as old as humankind; after all, the foremothers and forefathers of everyone of us walked originally out of Africa.’
    • ‘Certainly books about books do take us back to our literary forefathers and foremothers and back into the often distant historical past.’
    • ‘He goes on to chronicle the genius of ‘black foremothers and forefathers’ in creating ‘powerful buffers to ward off the nihilistic threat.’’
    • ‘Intellectually, Paul is also an important foremother to modern feminist thought.’
    • ‘The rank and file, I'm sorry to say, have lived off the fat of the land put there by our union forefathers and foremothers.’
    • ‘Our forefathers and foremothers in 1951 were concerned with the way medical practice relates to changing times, a theme that sounds familiar today.’
    • ‘Her life came full circle when she was in her late 80s and the women's movement rediscovered her as a foremother.’
    • ‘We find ample evidence whether in lyric fragments or a recipe to marvel at the capacity of our foremothers and forefathers to pray and hope and work for a better day.’
    • ‘She'd be forgiven for ranting even a bit more about voter apathy, but she wisely takes the high road in describing the disenfranchised young women who reject much of the rhetoric of their feminist foremothers.’
    • ‘I'm not a believer, but Yiddish is the means for my connecting to my culture, to my heritage, to my forefathers and foremothers.’