Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who serves as the leader of a work crew, as in a factory.
  • n. A woman who chairs and speaks for a jury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female foreman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who is chief; a woman who has charge of the work or workers in a shop or other place; a head woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. forewomen (-wim″en). The head woman in a workshop or of a department in a shop, etc. Compare foreman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman who is foreperson of a jury
  • n. a woman in charge of a group of workers

Etymologies

fore- +‎ woman (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Their forewoman was the daughter of a rich farmer at Donnemarie, burdened with nine children, to whom he had endeavored to give a good start in life, being aware that at his death his property, divided into nine parts, would be but little for any one of them.

    The Celibates

  • The equivalent of a sergeant is a "forewoman," and there are quartermistresses in charge of stores.

    Women and War Work

  • The girls spin on; a kind of forewoman, Mary, upbraids Senta with idling and staring at the picture and dreaming away her life -- for the girl is quite open about her sympathy with the accursed seafaring man.

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

  • Kaidi is a ma'aziba, which translates as "forewoman" in the regional dialect.

    arabnews - frontpage

  • March! "again called the forewoman, with the coolness a veteran fireman might have envied.

    The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch Or, Great Days Among the Cowboys

  • The girls spin on; a kind of forewoman, Mary, upbraids Senta with idling and staring at the picture and dreaming away her life ” for the girl is quite open about her sympathy with the accursed seafaring man.

    Richard Wagner

  • Madison has hard water, and treatment plant forewoman Connie Silva said she has been looking forward to getting Lewis & Clark water.

    Water project shortfall leaves towns high and dry

  • The women at the boards near to her scrambled, first, to the hot iron to save the cloth, and then to her, while the forewoman hurried belligerently down the aisle.

    CHAPTER I

  • No bullying nor entreating of the forewoman could persuade the women to return to work.

    CHAPTER XIV

  • The tireless, vigilant forewoman kept a sharp lookout for incipient hysteria, and once led a narrow-chested, stoop-shouldered young thing out of the place in time to prevent a collapse.

    CHAPTER XIV

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