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blue-collar

[ bloo-kol-er ]
/ ˈbluˈkɒl ər /
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adjective
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
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
of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workersa blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar
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Cultural definitions for blue-collar

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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