working-class

working class

noun
1.
those persons working for wages, especially in manual labor.
2.
the social or economic class composed of these workers.

Origin:
1805–15

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

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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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