Definition of Blue-collar
(adjective) Relating to manual work or workers; working class.
Syllabification: blue col·lar
- American English – /blOO-kAHl-uhr/
- British English – /blOO-ko-luh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈbluˈˌkɑlər/
- British English – /ˌbluːˈkɒlə/
- Plural: blue-collars
- Blue-collar is a reference to the durable blue denim shirts historically worn by manual laborers, 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. Conversely, it is used to indicate pride in ones own status.
- Blue-collar is contrasted to white-collar.
- Variant spellings:
- blue collar
- Also called:
- working class
- Word origin of “blue-collar” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “blue-collar.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
blue-collar. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “blue-collar.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“blue-collar.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar/>.