(redirected from forepersons)
Also found in: Thesaurus.


1. The chair and spokesperson for a jury: "A jury gives no reasons for its decision; it reaches a collective result, announced by the foreperson" (Hiller B. Zobel).
2. The leader of a work crew, as in a factory.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈfɔrˌpɜr sən, ˈfoʊr-)

a foreman or forewoman.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreperson - the presiding member of the jury and the one who speaks on their behalf
foreman - a man who is foreperson of a jury
forelady, forewoman - a woman who is foreperson of a jury
juror, juryman, jurywoman - someone who serves (or waits to be called to serve) on a jury
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


Someone who directs and supervises workers:
Informal: straw boss.
Slang: chief.
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
707, 719 (1993) ("[I]n many communities across the country, the percentage of minority veniremembers, trial and grand jurors, and grand jury forepersons is significantly lower than the percentage of minority adults living in the communities from which they are drawn.").
As might be expected, forepersons were more likely than other jurors to call for a vote, on average initiating five times as many calls to vote as nonforepersons.
Data from laboratory and field studies suggest also that social influence is affected by the race and gender of the jurors, especially of the forepersons. The study of the 179 Indiana juries revealed that juries convicted more frequently when the foreperson voted to convict, especially when the foreperson was white and male.
The combined effect of these racial beliefs produces a glass ceiling." (247) Stereotyping of this nature is evident in a recent case involving the exclusion of Asian Americans as grand jury forepersons. (248) In Chin v.
Shop forepersons usually work their way up from the shop floor to management.
* hold operations and maintenance supervisors, forepersons, and managers accountable for security issues under their control
It also supplies construction forepersons, trades people, handback engineers and protection masters/controllers throughout the UK.
In the personnel arena, we strive to promote from within for key positions--especially for superintendents, quality control, forepersons and safety positions, and try to keep turnover low at all levels.
Last, consider the policy objections that were raised by the two forepersons whom Crocker describes.
For their job descriptions, operational managers and forepersons should be given a clear set of expectations and, at the same time, should educate themselves.