fore·​man | \ ˈfȯr-mən \

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 \ noun

Examples of foreman in a Sentence

asked the shift foreman if he could take a break

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Ellis told jury their first order of business was selecting a foreman. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Jury begins deliberations in Manafort trial," 16 Aug. 2018 Kathleen Ann Shaw was born on Aug. 1, 1945, in Gardner, Mass., to Alexander Shaw Jr., a foreman in a drill factory, and Evelyn (Burwood) Shaw. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Kathy Shaw, Watchdog on Clergy Sexual Abuse, Dies at 72," 26 June 2018 Her father eventually rose to become the cannery’s foreman. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘The Property’: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning," 24 Sep. 2018 Jury foreman Dave Fitzsimmons told the Tribune that jurors believed the shooting wasn’t justified and didn’t think their answer to the special interrogatory would negate the verdict. Dan Hinkel,, "Conflicting answer in special interrogatory upends verdict to displeasure of jury foreman," 29 June 2018 Mitch Byers, 25, a foreman at a fencing company in Paradise, lost his home in the Camp Fire and moved his family to Arizona less than two weeks later. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Economic Damage From California Fires Spreads Further Than Blazes," 11 Dec. 2018 The stones were near one of two main roads in the 43-acre cemetery, said Chris Passera, foreman/sexton of municipal cemeteries. Christine Dempsey,, "Gravestones Toppled In Manchester Cemetery," 12 Apr. 2018 Johnson also is accused of swinging the hammer at a corrections employee who is a prison shop foreman. Fox News, "Minnesota inmate charged with murder in guard's killing," 3 Aug. 2018 In the last few years, the commission investigated and helped to prosecute several union officials, shop stewards and foremen for a conspiracy to extort their own union members on behalf of the Genovese organized crime family, the complaint stated. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "On the Waterfront, a Mob Watchdog Is Fighting to Survive," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of foreman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
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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