Definitions

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

  • n. A forewoman.

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  • n. the female equivalent of a foreman

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  • n. a woman who is foreperson of a jury

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Examples

  • So Ona set out that day to hunt for work; and at night Marija came home saying that she had met a girl named Jasaityte who had a friend that worked in one of the wrapping rooms in Brown's, and might get a place for Ona there; only the forelady was the kind that takes presents -- it was no use for any one to ask her for a place unless at the same time they slipped a ten-dollar bill into her hand.

    The Jungle

  • Ona had an idea that her "forelady" did not like to have her girls marry -- perhaps because she was old and ugly and unmarried herself.

    The Jungle

  • Mary had had consumption, and all day long you might hear her coughing as she worked; of late she had been going all to pieces, and when Marija came, the "forelady" had suddenly decided to turn her off.

    The Jungle

  • The "forelady," he found, had not yet come; all the lines of cars that came from downtown were stalled -- there had been an accident in the powerhouse, and no cars had been running since last night.

    The Jungle

  • The next day Marija went to see her "forelady," and was told to report the first of the week, and learn the business of can-painter.

    The Jungle

  • Marija did not understand then, as she was destined to understand later, what there was attractive to a "forelady" about the combination of a face full of boundless good nature and the muscles of a dray horse; but the woman had told her to come the next day and she would perhaps give her a chance to learn the trade of painting cans.

    The Jungle

  • "forelady," he found, had not yet come; all the lines of cars that came from downtown were stalled -- there had been an accident in the powerhouse, and no cars had been running since last night.

    The Jungle

  • "forelady" did not like to have her girls marry -- perhaps because she was old and ugly and unmarried herself.

    The Jungle

  • Her first job in the United States was as a forelady at the Eureka Dress Company in 1908.

    Sophie Sonia Rosenberg.

  • Mary Burns' sister Ella, who appears as a 41-year-old unmarried woman in the 1910 census, is listed as a forelady in a shoe company.

    Genealogue Challenge #47

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