[ 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.

Origin of blue-collar

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for blue-collar



of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workersa blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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