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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In 1848, 25-year-old Gage worked as the foreman of a railroad crew. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The weird Upside Down science behind 'Stranger Things'," 4 July 2019 The city and the company agreed to hire nine union employees — eight stagehands and one foreman — for the three-day concert. Maria Cramer,, "Defense attorneys push theory that business as usual, not fear, motivated Boston Calling to hire union," 26 July 2019 The foreman in this modernized CAR assembly line was the repurposed shell of the virus that causes AIDS. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is set to star as shipyard foreman Jackie White. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Sting to star in his musical ‘The Last Ship’ at St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts," 22 July 2019 The foreman himself came all the way out to the farm to tell my father about the afternoon, the hottest anyone could remember—about the way Tuomas had straightened up as if someone had called his name, before crumpling to the ground with sunstroke. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, "Wolves of Karelia," 19 July 2019 Adrienne told Dateline that within five months, Joseph received two promotions and ended up being a foreman. NBC News, "Maryland mother determined to get answers in son's death despite police declaring 'case closed'," 19 July 2019 So Dickens took the original drawings and his team’s foreman, Austin Baker, redrew them in their CAD system. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 Since the accident, Mr. Ribeiro, a father of five who works as a job site foreman for an excavating company, has had a macabre to-do list: Attend funerals. Farah Stockman, New York Times, "7 Died in a Motorcycle Crash. How Their Club of Former Marines Is Mourning Them.," 13 July 2019

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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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