follow Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com's Word of the Year is...

blue-collar

[bloo-kol-er] /ˈbluˈkɒl ər/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners.
Compare white-collar.
noun
2.
a blue-collar worker.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for bluecollar

blue-collar

adjective
1.
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
bluecollar 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.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for bluecollar

blue-collar

modifier

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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for blue-collar

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bluecollar

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bluecollar