foreman

noun
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 foreman (audio) \ noun

Examples of foreman in a Sentence

asked the shift foreman if he could take a break
Recent Examples on the Web Jimenez worked as a longtime foreman of Bryco and created Jimenez Arms in the wake of Bryco’s 2003 bankruptcy. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 The contracting company and the construction foreman were convicted of assault and endangerment. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 16 June 2021 Linda Jew is the great-granddaughter of Chinese pioneer Chin Lin Sou, a noted railroad foreman who later turned to mining. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Apr. 2022 An officer spoke with a construction foreman about vehicles parked on the wrong side of the road. cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 The foreman said the vehicles would be moved when workers come down from the roof for lunch. cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 Rippy earlier Tuesday denied a mistrial Lenard sought based on concerns the jury foreman requested to talk to Rippy. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 30 Mar. 2022 On the ranch, J.D. would rise early each day to drive the foreman around the 320-acre property to feed the scores of cattle and horses. David Armstrong, ProPublica, 21 Mar. 2022 The foreman arrived and called the police, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also called, per the department. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foreman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreman. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for foreman

foreman

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

Kids Definition of foreman

: the leader of a group of workers

foreman

noun
fore·​man
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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