Definition of foreman in English:

foreman

Syllabification: fore·man
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrmən
 
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noun (plural foremen)

  • 1A worker, especially a man, who supervises and directs other workers.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, team leader; foreperson; captain; 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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