Pronunciation: (fôr'run"ur, fōr'-, fôr-run'ur, fōr-), [key]
1. predecessor; ancestor; forebear; precursor.
2. an omen, sign, or indication of something to follow; portent: The warm evenings were a forerunner of summer.
3. a person who goes or is sent in advance to announce the coming of someone or something that follows; herald; harbinger.
4. the Forerunner,John the Baptist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.