division of labor


noun Economics.

a production process in which a worker or group of workers is assigned a specialized task in order to increase efficiency.

Origin of division of labor

First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for division of labor

  • Probably the division-of-labor science never had a happier illustration than is presented by their agreement.

    One Of Them|Charles James Lever

Culture definitions for division of labor

division of labor


Dividing a job into many specialized parts, with a single worker or a few workers assigned to each part. Division of labor is important to mass production.

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