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[fawr-woo m-uh n, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌwʊm ən, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, plural forewomen.
a woman in charge of a particular department or group of workers.
a woman on a jury selected to preside over and speak for all the jurors on the panel.
Origin of forewoman
1700-10; fore- + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The friend probably will be willing to speak to the foreman or forewoman about the girl's employment.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • The forewoman and Maurice had only taken a few steps when they encountered him.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Even the forewoman, who was thin-lipped and shrewish, seemed a little afraid of her.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • "Only to a very moderate extent," replied the forewoman precisely.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • Their suppressed animal spirits reassert themselves when the forewoman's back is turned.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • In some cases this is a policy of the forewoman only, and not a rule of the firm.

  • "It is always like that with children," said Mademoiselle Anna, the forewoman.

    Two Little Waifs Mrs. Molesworth
  • The vellum sewers were said by their forewoman to be "a nice family party."

  • Each town had a forewoman who distributed the damaged clothing, after it had been disinfected and laundered, and kept all counts.

  • Sometimes they are taught by a forewoman or experienced hand.

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