blue-col·​lar ˈblü-ˈkä-lər How to pronounce blue-collar (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting the class of wage earners whose duties call for the wearing of work clothes or protective clothing compare white-collar
: having characteristics associated with blue-collar workers: such as
: having, showing, or appealing to unpretentious or unsophisticated tastes
a new blue-collar serial … woven around a minor-league baseball teamSteven Flax
: dependable and hard-working rather than showy or spectacular
a blue-collar athlete

Examples of blue-collar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even many blue-collar workers are suspicious of the organizing efforts. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2024 The narrative goes that, in the first decades after World War II, Americans could provide for a family on a single, blue-collar income, buy a house, and send their kids to college. John Gustavsson, National Review, 11 May 2024 Once a blue-collar trade, journalists now disproportionately come from affluent families. Tina Vasquez, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Nebraska had the trademark blue-collar vibe of many other Springsteen albums, but this was also full of bleak and hopeless themes, accompanied by a sparse instruments. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 It was facilitated by the weakening of organized labor in the United States, as blue-collar workers could not prevent the offshoring of their jobs. Barry Eichengreen, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 In 2016, the defection of many blue-collar voters and union members in those states was arguably the decisive factor in Hillary Clinton’s defeat. Eyal Press, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2024 While overall relations have stabilized of late, tensions are growing over Chinese investments in manufacturing that risk leading to job losses among blue-collar workers. TIME, 18 Apr. 2024 But his policies have irritated some blue-collar union members, many of whom voted for Mr. Trump in the last election. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue-collar was in 1929

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“Blue-collar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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: of or relating to the class of workers whose duties require work clothes
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