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[hwahyt-kol-er, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈkɒl ər, ˈwaɪt-/
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.
a white-collar worker.
Compare blue-collar.
1920-25 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for whitecollar


of, relating to, or designating nonmanual and usually salaried workers employed in professional and clerical occupations: white-collar union Compare blue-collar, pink-collar
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for whitecollar


  1. Employed as clerks, office workers, etc: The white collar workers don't strike very often/ As early as the 1920s they were called white-collar slaves and by the 1950s nine-to-fivers
  2. Performed by people who work in offices, esp by managers, high executives, etc: White-collar crime has become a serious problem (1919+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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