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.
noun
  1. a blue-collar worker.

Origin of blue-collar

First recorded in 1945–50
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Related Words for blue-collar

proletarian, middle-class, proletariat, lower-class

Examples from the Web for blue-collar

Contemporary Examples of blue-collar

Historical Examples of blue-collar

  • They have included highly qualified professionals and blue-collar workers, PhD.s.

  • In industry, the proportion of women in blue-collar and white-collar jobs was about equal.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • The next level is made up of blue-collar industrial workers, who constitute the largest group in the society.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Four-fifths of all women working in industry were in blue-collar jobs.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole


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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blue-collar in Culture

blue-collar

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

Note

The term is often associated with conservative values.
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