- pertaining or belonging to the proletariat.
- (in ancient Rome) belonging to the lowest or poorest class of the people.
- a member of the proletariat.
Origin of proletarian
Examples from the Web for proletarian
Am I going to get a "knock on the door" asking me to explain how Fidel's proletarian paradise knew so much about the Poll Tax?My Professor, the Spy
June 9, 2009
These are the only ones to whom the term "proletarian" could with any propriety be applied.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
He mows down a proletarian and a Marshall Field with the same scythe.
The proletarian beat the table like a drum in praise of Paris.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition
Robert Louis Stevenson
A strike is the only way of impressing the proletarian psychology.Ghetto Comedies
You cannot possibly comprehend the proletarian civilization of the future.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
less commonly proletary (ˈprəʊlɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
- of, relating, or belonging to the proletariat
- a member of the proletariat
Word Origin and History for proletarian
1650s (n.) "member of the lowest class;" 1660s (adj.) "of the lowest class of people;" with -ian + Latin proletarius "citizen of the lowest class" (as an adjective, "relating to offspring"), in ancient Rome, propertyless people, exempted from taxes and military service, who served the state only by having children; from proles "offspring, progeny" (see prolific).