of or relating to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners.Compare white-collar.
a blue-collar worker.
Origin of blue-collar
First recorded in 1945–50
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Related Words for blue collarproletarian, worker, laborer, employee, trader, peasant, member, clerk, agent, representative, operator, attendant, help, helper, toiler, breadwinner, hireling, learner, hand, instrument
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A descriptive term widely used for manual laborers, as opposed to white-collar for office workers.
The term is often associated with conservative values.
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