proletary

proletary

[proh-li-ter-ee]
adjective, noun, plural proletaries.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin prōlētārius belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens, i.e., those who contributed to the state only through their offspring, equivalent to prōlēt- (akin to prōlēs offspring; pro- pro-1 + -olēs (see adult)) + -ārius -ary

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proletarian or proletary (ˌprəʊlɪˈtɛərɪən, ˈprəʊlɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, relating, or belonging to the proletariat
 
n , -tarians, -taries
2.  a member of the proletariat
 
[C17: from Latin prōlētārius one whose only contribution to the state was his offspring, from prōlēs offspring]
 
proletary or proletary
 
adj
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin prōlētārius one whose only contribution to the state was his offspring, from prōlēs offspring]
 
prole'tarianism or proletary
 
n
 
prole'tarianness or proletary
 
n

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