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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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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Fast forward to 2006, when a foreman for a firm that cleaned MBTA stations was charged with stealing coins and tokens from a Harvard Square fare box on the Red Line. Travis Andersen,, "Theft scandals have hit MBTA in the past," 20 June 2018 David Fitzsimmons, the jury foreman, told reporters shortly after the verdict. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Quintonio LeGrier was killed by police. A jury awarded his family $1 million. Then a judge took it away.," 29 June 2018 Upon receiving the verdict slip from the jury foreman, Bennett sat looking at the paper for several minutes before reading it aloud. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Federal judge rejects domestic violence defense in Brazilian grandparents' kidnapping case," 5 June 2018 Her husband died young after working as a foreman at an ice company, so Elena — a seamstress, housekeeper and deli operator at various points — worked long and hard so her family could continue to enjoy middle-class living in Rowland Heights. Steve Lopez,, "A beloved taco joint run by an 81-year-old matriarch may get crushed to make way for Chipotle," 5 May 2018 Others charged include: Steven DeMoss, assistant safety director; John Ellis Scott, who worked in the safety department; and section foremen Billie Hearld, Dwight Fulkerson and Jeremy Hackney, all of whom worked at the company's Parkway Mine. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky coal mine officials charged with cheating on key safety tests," 11 July 2018 Perhaps the juror who has been the most critical of the prosecution was the foreman, Juror #11. Steve Helling,, "How Casey Anthony Was Acquitted: The Jurors Explain Their Controversial Verdict," 5 July 2018 The foreman read the verdict—guilty of first degree murder. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018 For a week now, construction foreman Brad Cederberg’s five-man crew has been covering the rutted infield with 2-3 inches of topsoil, covering that with sod, and dousing that with water. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Austin hopes a new ballfield can help in its battle with opioids and HIV," 21 June 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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