white-collar

[hwahyt-kol-er, wahyt-]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the ranks of office and professional workers whose jobs generally do not involve manual labor or the wearing of a uniform or work clothes.
noun
2.
a white-collar worker.
Compare blue-collar.


Origin:
1920–25

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white-collar
 
adj
blue-collar Compare pink-collar of, relating to, or designating nonmanual and usually salaried workers employed in professional and clerical occupations: white-collar union

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white-collar definition


A descriptive term for office workers, who use a minimum of physical exertion, as opposed to blue-collar laborers. Managerial, clerical, and sales jobs are common white-collar occupations.

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Example sentences
Blue-collar layoffs have started turning into white-collar layoffs.
His first response was a plan to streamline management, reducing the company's
  white-collar ranks through attrition.
Computers do increasing amounts of white-collar work.
Most white-collar jobs already consist of mind work.
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