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forelady

[fawr-ley-dee, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌleɪ di, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, plural foreladies.
1.
a forewoman.
Origin of forelady
1885-1890
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; fore- + lady
Usage note
See lady.
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  • The forelady in a dress-making establishment will receive $15 or $20 a week.

    Work for Women George J. Manson
  • Just then the locker room door opened and a forelady came in.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
  • My experience this time was with a foreman instead of a forelady.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • The forelady at Parsons' did not know whether I worked well or not.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • At the end of an hour the forelady beckoned me—such a neat, sweet person as she was—and I took my initial whack at a foot press.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • She is such a very nice person, our forelady—quiet, attractive, neat as a pin.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • All this I had from the forelady in between her finding out everything there was to know about me.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Bless my soul, if Lucia did not perk up the second the forelady left, edge over, and direct a volume of Italian at me.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Ada I loved—our forelady in the bead work—young, good-looking, intelligent.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Mrs. Hall had been a forelady in a New York private dressmaking establishment.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker

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