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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. 2017.
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  • If it fails we are apt to think that the wage earner is not self supporting.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • Elschen was broken hearted because there was no way in which she also could become a wage earner.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • On the other hand, the wage earner's claim to a decent livelihood is valid, generally speaking, in his present occupation.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • 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.

    Unfettered Sutton E. Griggs
  • The gold seeker, be he master or wage earner, is beyond redemption.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • Such, for example, is the fact that the wage earner's knowledge of existing opportunities for employment is limited.

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

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

  • The difference between the wage earner and the slave is, the right to change residence.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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