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wage earner

a person who works for wages, especially a laborer.
Origin of wage earner
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Elschen was broken hearted because there was no way in which she also could become a wage earner.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • If it fails we are apt to think that the wage earner is not self supporting.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • The gold seeker, be he master or wage earner, is beyond redemption.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • Mention the trouble if the man of the house is sick and out of work, and there is no other wage earner.

    The Complete Club Book for Women Caroline French Benton
  • No wage earner who does this will ever again vote either the Democratic or the Republican ticket.

    Communism and Christianism

    William Montgomery Brown
  • In other cases the scale of wages paid to the men is so very low that the woman has to come to the rescue as a wage earner.


    Sutton E. Griggs
  • There is no very settled opinion among them as to the place of the wage earner in the industrial system.

  • Such, for example, is the fact that the wage earner's knowledge of existing opportunities for employment is limited.

  • In their opinion, these criticisms of the standard wage are based on a misconception of the place of the wage earner in industry.

British Dictionary definitions for wage earner

wage earner

a person who works for wages, esp as distinguished from one paid a salary
the person who earns money to support a household by working
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