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[bloo-kol-er] /ˈbluˈkɒl ər/
of or relating to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners.
Compare white-collar.
a blue-collar worker.
Origin of blue-collar
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The young man with the blue collar provided with John Egerton a throaty and wavering tenor.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • Then you've got your new Tussore with the blue collar and waistband.

    Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Sailors' costume consists of a white shirt, with blue collar and cuffs, black handkerchief about the neck, and black tarpaulin.

  • Five minutes later he reappeared, frost forming on his blue collar, his face white as he looked at Dal.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • This was white, with blue collar and cuffs, and a blue star on the sleeve.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • He says he feels sorry for any one who has to wear a pink shirt with a blue collar.

British Dictionary definitions for blue collar


of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workers: a blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blue collar

also blue-collar, 1949, from blue (1) + collar (n.). From the common color of men's work shirts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blue collar in Culture

blue-collar definition

A descriptive term widely used for manual laborers, as opposed to white-collar for office workers.

Note: The term is often associated with conservative values.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue collar



Working-class: a blue-collar neighborhood/ blue-collar concerns

[1940s+; fr the color of the traditional workshirt]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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