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white-collar

[ hwahyt-kol-er, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˈkɒl ər, ˈwaɪt- /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the ranks of office and professional workers whose jobs generally do not involve manual labor or the wearing of a uniform or work clothes.
noun
a white-collar worker.

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Origin of white-collar

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for white-collar

white-collar

adjective
of, relating to, or designating nonmanual and usually salaried workers employed in professional and clerical occupationswhite-collar union Compare blue-collar, pink-collar
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Cultural definitions for white-collar

white-collar

A descriptive term for office workers, who use a minimum of physical exertion, as opposed to blue-collar laborers. Managerial, clerical, and sales jobs are common white-collar occupations.

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