glass ceiling

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of glass ceiling

:an intangible barrier within a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions

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First Known Use of glass ceiling

1984


GLASS CEILING Defined for English Language Learners

glass ceiling

noun

Definition of glass ceiling for English Language Learners

  • : an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs


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