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[pingk-kol-er] /ˈpɪŋkˈkɒl ər/
of or relating to a type of employment traditionally held by women, especially relatively low-paying work:
secretaries, phone operators, and other pink-collar workers.
Origin of pink-collar
1975-80; on the model of blue-collar and white-collar Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pink collar


of, relating to, or designating low-paid occupations traditionally associated with female workers Compare blue-collar, white-collar
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Word Origin and History for pink collar



in reference to jobs generally held by women, 1977, from pink (adj.), considered a characteristically feminine color, + collar (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pink collar

pink collar

adjective phrase

  1. Traditionally held by women of the middle class: Mature women tended to gravitate toward pink collar jobs as secretaries, teachers, nurses, and saleswomen
  2. Working in a job traditionally held by women of the middle class: the TV character to whom real-life blue-and pink-collar working women most relate

[1977+; modeled on blue collar and white collar]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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