fore·​man | \ ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce foreman (audio) \

Definition of foreman

: a first or chief person: such as
a : a member of a jury who acts as chairman and spokesman
b(1) : a chief and often specially trained worker who works with and usually leads a gang or crew
(2) : a person in charge of a group of workers, a particular operation, or a section of a plant

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Other Words from foreman

foremanship \ ˈfȯr-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce foremanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of foreman in a Sentence

asked the shift foreman if he could take a break
Recent Examples on the Web In one department of a giant steel mill in northwest Indiana a foreman assigned a white worker to the job of operating a crane. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "Noel Ignatiev’s Long Fight Against “Whiteness”," 15 Nov. 2019 When America and western Europe experienced similar transport booms in the 20th century, popular culture made folk heroes of long-distance drivers—brawny, taciturn types who prefer to brave blizzards than obey a foreman on a factory floor. The Economist, "China’s long-distance lorry drivers are unsung heroes of its economy," 12 Sep. 2019 Train passage across Randall Wobbe Lane has been intermittently impacted as firefighters run hoses across the portion of the tracks that cross the roadway to fight the fire, said Andrew Preston, track foreman with Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Mary Jordan, Arkansas Online, "Storage site left to burn itself out," 29 Dec. 2019 Even if construction executives favor new technologies, getting everyone else on board, from foremen to frontline workers, can be difficult, says Peters. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry," 23 Nov. 2019 The foreman was issued a citation and all work was halted at the location until the next day. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 4 Nov. 2019 The contract, not to exceed the $63,360 amount, is for two snow events and includes four plow drivers and trucks, a foreman and a large loader, for service during a 24-hour period. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Brunswick City Council discusses hiring outside contractors to plow snow," 29 Oct. 2019 Ziad Doueiri’s most recent film — the first Lebanese movie to be nominated for an Oscar — centers on what at first seems to be a small dispute between an apartment’s Lebanese tenant and a Palestinian foreman overseeing work near the building. Maya Salam And Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "This Is the Beirut We Wish You Could See," 10 Apr. 2018 The 58-year-old laborer for Gateway Concrete Forming Services was previously a labor foreman for Baker Concrete for 28 years, according to his obituary from Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Homes. Cameron Knight,, "Work resumed Tuesday at Downtown Cincinnati building collapse site," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of foreman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foreman

: the member of a jury who is the leader
: a person who is in charge of a group of workers


fore·​man | \ ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce foreman (audio) \
plural foremen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of foreman

: the leader of a group of workers


plural foremen

Legal Definition of foreman

: a male or female member of a jury who acts as the leader and speaks for the jury

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