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pink-collar

[pingk-kol-er]
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  1. 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
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pink-collar

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designating low-paid occupations traditionally associated with female workersCompare blue-collar, white-collar
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Word Origin and History for pink-collar

adj.

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

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