- a person who works for wages, especially a laborer.
Origin of wage earner
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for wage earner
He is obliged to offer himself as a wage-earner or a tenant.
At the age of fifteen Charles embarked again on his career as a wage-earner.Victorian Worthies</p>
George Henry Blore
For the wage-earner cannot live without his wage, and the wage was not forthcoming.The Conquest of Bread
She liked the personal independence which was accorded her as a wage-earner.Song of the Lark
But a new force had come into American politics—the wage-earner.Races and Immigrants in America
John R. Commons
US wage worker
- 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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