Etymology
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foreman (n.)

early 13c., "a leader," from fore- + man (n.). From 1530s as "principal juror;" 1570s in the sense of "principal workman." Similar formation in Dutch voorman, German Vormann, Danish formand. Also in 17c., a slang word for "penis." Fem. form forewoman is from 1709, originally of a jury; forelady is from 1867 in reference to juries, 1888 of shops, American English.

updated on December 19, 2014

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Definitions of foreman from WordNet

foreman (n.)
a person who exercises control over workers;
if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman
Synonyms: chief / gaffer / honcho / boss
foreman (n.)
a man who is foreperson of a jury;
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