blue-collar

(adjective) Relating to manual work or workers; working class.

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Usage Notes:

  • Blue-collar is reference to the durable blue denim shirts historically worn by manual labors, referred to as blue-collar workers.
  • The earliest listing for “blue-collar” in the Oxford English Dictionary is in 1929.
  • Blue-collar is often used in a derogatory sense to indicate  lower socioeconomic status to others and conversely indicate pride in ones own status.
  • Variant form:
    • blue collar
    • bluecollar
  • Also called:
    • wage-earning
    • working class

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