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blue-collar

[bloo-kol-er]
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adjective
  1. 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.
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noun
  1. a blue-collar worker.
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Origin of blue-collar

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for blue collar

blue-collar

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workersa blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar
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Word Origin and History for blue collar

adj.

also blue-collar, 1949, from blue (1) + collar (n.). From the common color of men's work shirts.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

blue collar in Culture

blue-collar

A descriptive term widely used for manual laborers, as opposed to white-collar for office workers.

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Note

The term is often associated with conservative values.
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