[ bloo-kol-er ]
/ ˈbluˈkɒl ər /
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.
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Origin of blue-collar
First recorded in 1945–50
Words nearby blue-collar
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British Dictionary definitions for blue collar
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Cultural definitions for blue collar
A descriptive term widely used for manual laborers, as opposed to white-collar for office workers.
notes for blue-collar
The term is often associated with conservative values.
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