|1.||all wage-earners collectively|
|2.||the lower or working class|
|3.||(in Marxist theory) the class of wage-earners, esp industrial workers, in a capitalist society, whose only possession of significant material value is their labour|
|4.||(in ancient Rome) the lowest class of citizens, who had no property|
|[C19: via French from Latin prōlētārius|
In Marxism, the industrial working class, people without property.
A term often applied to industrial workers, particularly by followers of Karl Marx.