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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foremanship \ ˈfȯr-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce foremanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of foreman in a Sentence

asked the shift foreman if he could take a break

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Raquel Camallonga was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Jose Camallonga, a factory foreman, and his wife, Angelita, a seamstress. Jacques Kelly,, "Raquel Sanudo, longtime Howard County official, dies," 28 June 2018 Kouider collapsed in tears as the jury foreman delivered the verdicts, while Medouni hung his head. Jill Lawless,, "London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body," 24 May 2018 Riley was chosen for the jury in the Fulton County Superior Court case and served as its foreman. Staff, ajc, "AJC’s podcast wins Silver Gavel award from American Bar Association," 25 May 2018 After prosecutors were unable to persuade a jury to sentence Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols to death in 1998, his jury’s foreman questioned why the FBI didn’t record his statement over a nine-hour interview. Krista Torralva,, "Noor Salman verdict reignites criticism of FBI's recording policy," 4 Apr. 2018 The day after the verdicts, the jury foreman told the Journal Sentinel there was never any confusion, that the jury intended to reject Popp's insanity defense all along, and that perhaps the judge and lawyers just misread the original verdict form. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County judge affirms jury's guilty verdict in insanity phase of triple homicide trial," 26 Jan. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce foreman (audio) \
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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