foreman

[fawr-muhn, fohr-]
noun, plural foremen.
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:
1175–1225; Middle English forman chief servant, steward. See fore-, man1

foremanship, noun
subforeman, noun, plural subforemen.
subforemanship, noun


See -man.
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foreman (ˈfɔːmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  Gender-neutral form: supervisor a person, often experienced, who supervises other workmen
2.  law Female equivalent: forewoman the principal juror, who presides at the deliberations of a jury
 
'foremanship
 
n

Foreman (ˈfɔːmən)
 
n
George. born 1949, US boxer: WBA world heavyweight champion (1973--74); he regained the title in 1994 but refused to fight the WBA's top-ranked challenger and was stripped of the title in 1995; recognized as WBU champion until 1997

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foreman
1530s in the sense of "principal juror;" 1570s in the sense of "principal workman;" from fore + man. Earliest attested meaning (early 15c.) was "a leader."
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Example sentences
Foreman did not return messages left with two of his lawyers.
Then the plumbing and electrical foreman come in and mark their details, followed by the drywallers, siding and painters.
The foreman of shepherds examines herd on a pasture with the help of binocular.
Jury deliberations are led by the leader of the jury, called a jury foreman.
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