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working class

noun
1.
those persons working for wages, especially in manual labor.
2.
the social or economic class composed of these workers.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15
Related forms
working-class, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for working class

working class

noun
1.
Also called proletariat. the social stratum, usually of low status, that consists of those who earn wages, esp as manual workers Compare lower class, middle class, upper class
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the working class
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working class in Culture

working class definition


In the United States, the population of blue-collar workers, particularly skilled and semiskilled laborers, who differ in values, but not necessarily in income, from the middle class. In Marxism, this term refers to propertyless factory workers.

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