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foreman

[fawr-muh n, fohr-]
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noun, plural fore·men.
  1. a person in charge of a particular department, group of workers, etc., as in a factory or the like.
  2. the member of a jury selected to preside over and speak for all the jurors on the panel.
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Origin of foreman

1175–1225; Middle English forman chief servant, steward. See fore-, man1
Related formsfore·man·ship, nounsub·fore·man, noun, plural sub·fore·men.sub·fore·man·ship, noun

Usage note

See -man.
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  • Shorty was a sort of foreman, and was allowed much freedom of speech.

  • He was, in fact, a slayer of beasts—a foreman at the slaughter-house.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • The foreman only glanced at him in silence, and the young man took this for assent.

  • He offered the papers to Mr. Parker, but the foreman shook his head.

  • "I guess my foreman was right," he told his wife, that evening, with a little satisfaction.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington


British Dictionary definitions for foreman

foreman

noun plural -men
  1. a person, often experienced, who supervises other workmenGender-neutral form: supervisor
  2. law the principal juror, who presides at the deliberations of a juryFemale equivalent: forewoman
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Derived Formsforemanship, noun

Foreman

noun
  1. George . born 1949, US boxer: world heavyweight champion (1973–74); retired in 1977 but re-entered the ring in 1987 and won the heavyweight championship in 1994 at age 45
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Word Origin and History for foreman

n.

1530s in the sense of "principal juror;" 1570s in the sense of "principal workman;" from fore- + man (n.). Earliest attested meaning (early 13c.) was "a leader." In 17c., a slang word for "penis."

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