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working class

those persons working for wages, especially in manual labor.
the social or economic class composed of these workers.
Origin of working class
First recorded in 1805-15
Related forms
working-class, adjective Unabridged
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  • And he himself had become absorbed in what the working class was doing.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Not since Weedie and his like have told the working class it owns the earth.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Addington is perfectly comfortable, except its working class.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • And Abraham Lincoln belongs to us, Hans; he's a son of the working class.'

    The Marx He Knew John Spargo
  • When addicted to drink, the working class cannot do what must be done.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for working class

working class

Also called proletariat. the social stratum, usually of low status, that consists of those who earn wages, esp as manual workers Compare lower class, middle class, upper class
of, relating to, or characteristic of the working class
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working class in Culture

working class definition

In the United States, the population of blue-collar workers, particularly skilled and semiskilled laborers, who differ in values, but not necessarily in income, from the middle class. In Marxism, this term refers to propertyless factory workers.

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