[ fawr-muhn, 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.

Origin of foreman

1175–1225; Middle English forman chief servant, steward. See fore-, man

usage note For foreman

See -man.

Other words from foreman

  • fore·man·ship, noun
  • sub·fore·man, noun, plural sub·fore·men.
  • sub·fore·man·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foreman in a sentence

  • Presently, one of the foremen or overlookers saw it, and wanted to know what all that rubbish had been put there for.

    Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
  • He inspected the assembling of machines before they were shipped, and he overheard wisdom from foremen and superintendents.

    The Women of Tomorrow | William Hard
  • Architects with parchment rolls in their hands went to and fro talking to overseers and foremen.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • He heard the clatter of concrete mixers, the raucous grind of the crusher, the scream of donkey engines and the shouts of foremen.

    Still Jim | Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Joe took counsel with his foremen, and they threshed the matter out one night sitting around the fire.

    The Boss of Wind River | David Goodger (

British Dictionary definitions for foreman (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a person, often experienced, who supervises other workmen: Gender-neutral form: supervisor

  2. law the principal juror, who presides at the deliberations of a jury: Female equivalent: forewoman

Derived forms of foreman

  • foremanship, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Foreman (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːmən) /

  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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