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wage earner

a person who works for wages, especially a laborer.
Origin of wage earner
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If, for instance, his wages were so good that he could save out of them, he might cease to be a wage-earner.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • For the wage-earner cannot live without his wage, and the wage was not forthcoming.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • But her uncle Luigi was determined to make Concetta a wage-earner as soon as possible.

    Brenda's Bargain Helen Leah Reed
  • At the age of fifteen Charles embarked again on his career as a wage-earner.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
  • In a more primitive industry each man is wage-earner, capitalist, and enterpriser combined in one.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • But a new force had come into American politics—the wage-earner.

  • Many a non-supporter got his first impulse in that direction when his wife became a wage-earner in some domestic crisis.

    Broken Homes Joanna C. Colcord
  • The future of American democracy is the future of the American wage-earner.

  • He realises that as soon as the law permits he is to be "turned into money" and must needs become a wage-earner.

  • In every industrial struggle in that sweated city he interposed his strong word to demand justice for the wage-earner.

British Dictionary definitions for wage-earner

wage earner

a person who works for wages, esp as distinguished from one paid a salary
the person who earns money to support a household by working
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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