(10 letters -3 syllables)
scrabble score 13
- First known use: 1300
- 1 | noun | a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
2 | noun | something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
3 | noun | anything that precedes something similar in time
precursor, harbinger, herald mean one that goes before or announces the coming of another.
forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage .
– precursor applies to a person or thing paving the way for the success or accomplishment of another .
– harbinger and herald both apply, chiefly figuratively, to one that proclaims or announces the coming or arrival of a notable event .
-something or someone that acts as an early and less advanced model for what will appear in the future, or a warning or sign of what is to follow:
c. 1300, from fore- + runner. Middle English literal rendition of Latin praecursor, used in reference to John the Baptist as the forerunner of Christ. Old English had foreboda and forerynel.
Forerun (v. t.) To turn before; to precede; to be in advance of (something following).
Forerun (v. t.) To come before as an earnest of something to follow; to introduce as a harbinger; to announce.
Forerunner (n.) 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.
Forerunner (n.) A predecessor; an ancestor.
Forerunner (n.) A piece of rag terminating the log line
I became aware of a spiritual organzation called The Lucis Trust a few years ago. The organization is international in scope and professes a theoloy that appears to include the impending return of a Christ figure, albeit even if such a return is but a metaphor for a change in mass consciousness. They refer to some of their devotees as “forerunners,” paving the way for this figure.
Outside of their actual theology, I was curious as to why “forerunner” was the term chosen. After reading through the definitions listed above, it appears that forerunner” does indeed have more of a religious connotation than I had previously suspected. It cerainly appears part of the the meta-meaning of the word.