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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The foreman found the phone in a Dumpster and opted to keep it. Nicholas Rondinone,, "In Lawsuit Citing Clinton Email Probe, Groton Sailor Pardoned By Trump Seeks $20M In Damages," 13 July 2018 The jury foreman has said the panel had intended to award the $1 million to the family. Dan Hinkel,, "Days after cleared in bar beating, Chicago cop Robert Rialmo involved in another fight," 13 July 2018 As the guilty verdicts were read by the jury foreman, Ciminelli shook his head. Fox News, "Jury convicts key players in corruption case linked to Cuomo's 'Buffalo Billion' program," 12 July 2018 For six years Connolly worked at Ryerson Steel as the foreman of an all-male crew, before starting her coaching career as an assistant at Maria. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Baranek: Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly takes a trip to her WBL past and into the Hall of Fame," 20 June 2018 Chris Anderson and Fatima Silva Photo: Investigation Discovery The investigators search out witness after witness, including the jury foreman at the Cain trial, a man with plenty to say when asked the right questions. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Reasonable Doubt’ Review: Lives on the Line," 14 June 2018 Byford, wearing a hard hat and a high-visibility vest, toured the site with a project foreman, climbing makeshift ladders, asking detailed questions about engineering sign-offs and subcontractors. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The play opens with lunchtime banter between Ernie (Harold Uriah Hogan), the foreman, and a much younger worker named Mike (Aaron Kottke). John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Detroit Rep's 'Harmony Park' raises unsettling questions about race," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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