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working class

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noun
  1. those persons working for wages, especially in manual labor.
  2. the social or economic class composed of these workers.
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Origin of working class

First recorded in 1805–15
Related formswork·ing-class, adjective
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Related Words

proletariatprolesworkfolkworkpeople

Examples from the Web for working class

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Historical Examples

  • It appeared that the working-class had not realised the seriousness of the situation.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • That can be effective only so long as the working-class is without sovereignty.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • I don't think they are villagers, but of the working-class, I should say.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Remains the working-class to see what it can do with the opportunity.

  • “But the working-class is incapable,” says the capitalist class.


British Dictionary definitions for working class

working class

noun
  1. Also called: proletariat the social stratum, usually of low status, that consists of those who earn wages, esp as manual workersCompare lower class, middle class, upper class
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adjective working-class
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the working class
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working class in Culture

working class

In the United States, the population of blue-collar workers, particularly skilled and semiskilled laborers, who differ in values, but not necessarily in income, from the middle class. In Marxism, this term refers to propertyless factory workers.

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