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working class

those persons working for wages, especially in manual labor.
the social or economic class composed of these workers.
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working-class, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was not true business principle to allow credit to a strong-bodied young fellow of the working-class who was too lazy to work.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • It appeared that the working-class had not realised the seriousness of the situation.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • The interests of the working-class are the same in all lands with capitalistic methods of production.

  • Remains the working-class to see what it can do with the opportunity.

  • The destruction of the working-class family must have been finally achieved by the imperial control of the collegia.

British Dictionary definitions for working-class

working class

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
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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