- a member of the proletariat.
- a person who performs routine tasks in a society.
Origin of prole
Examples from the Web for proles
Compare Nineteen Eighty-Four, p. 72, ‘If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles.’George Orwell’s Letter on Why He Wrote ‘1984’
August 12, 2013
Heinrici 169; Muricipis proles cito discit prendere mures, id.
Sic, macte Proles Neptunia novisque honoribus hanc gentem nostram cumula, male coepisti, si hic sistas.Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II
Edward Luther Stevenson
The word proletariat, from proles, means first of all, having many children (Vielkinderei)!Principles of Political Economy, Vol. II
- derogatory, slang, mainly British short for proletarian
Word Origin and History for proles
"offspring," 1670s, from Latin proles "offspring, progeny" (see prolific).
short for proletarian (n.), 1887 (G.B. Shaw); popularized by George Orwell's 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." As an adjective from 1938. Related: Proly (adj.); prolier-than-thou.