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.
- One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
- An ancestor; a forebear.
- One that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a harbinger.
- A warning sign or symptom.
- Sports One who skis the course before the beginning of a race.