forelady


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fore·la·dy

 (fôr′lā′dē)
n.
A forewoman.

forelady

(ˈfɔːˌleɪdɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Law) law a woman who manages other women in a matron's jury
2. a woman who manages other women in a department, shop, or factory

fore•wom•an

(ˈfɔrˌwʊm ən, ˈfoʊr-)

n., pl. -wom•en.
1. a woman who supervises a department or group of workers.
2. a woman on a jury who is selected to preside over and speak for all the jurors in the panel.
[1700–10]
usage: See -woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forelady - a woman who is foreperson of a juryforelady - a woman who is foreperson of a jury
foreperson - the presiding member of the jury and the one who speaks on their behalf
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In early August 1918, branch minutes record that three women were 'put off work without any reason' and that the shop steward complained that a forelady, Mrs Turner, had shoved a 'girl' when she went for a drink of water and ordered her 'to go on with her work'.
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I was promoted to forelady and given $75 a month to oversee 40 women.