Definition of foreman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrmən/

noun (plural foremen)

1A worker, especially a man, who supervises and directs other workers.
Example sentences
  • For management officials and industrial arbitrators, male aggression towards foremen and supervisors was far more serious than such behavior toward fellow workers.
  • The phrase ‘too many chefs spoil the broth’ may apply to 20-man committees or a glut of foremen and not enough workers, but rarely does actually apply to chefs.
  • They were never the foreman, never the worker, always the guy that ordered stuff or coordinated stuff.
supervisor, overseer, superintendent, team leader;
ramrod, straw boss
1.1(In a court of law) a person, especially a man, who presides over a jury and speaks on its behalf.
Example sentences
  • It was the foreman speaking on behalf of the jury, as I understand it, your Honour.
  • A short retirement can reflect the compelling nature of the evidence, or equally the skill of the foreman in handling the jury's discussions.
  • When they appeared in the jury box, the foreman handed the judge a note.


Middle English: perhaps suggested by Dutch voorman (compare with German Vormann).

Words that rhyme with foreman

Bormann, doorman, doormen, foremen, Mormon, Norman, storeman, storemen
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