fore·​man ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce foreman (audio)
: a first or chief person: such as
: a member of a jury who acts as chairman and spokesman
: a chief and often specially trained worker who works with and usually leads a gang or crew
: a person in charge of a group of workers, a particular operation, or a section of a plant
foremanship noun

Examples of foreman in a Sentence

asked the shift foreman if he could take a break
Recent Examples on the Web In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, the jury foreman in James Crumbley's trial said the storage of the gun was the key issue that drove him to convict. USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 The jury foreman said Crumbley's lawyer, Mariell Lehman, had her hands full, but did a good job. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for foreman 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foreman was in the 15th century

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“Foreman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


fore·​man ˈfōr-mən How to pronounce foreman (audio)
: a member of a jury who is the leader
: a person in charge of a group of workers

Legal Definition


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

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