la·​bor·​er | \ ˈlā-bər-ər How to pronounce laborer (audio) \

Definition of laborer

: one that labors specifically : a person who does unskilled physical work for wages

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Examples of laborer in a Sentence

He has been working as a laborer on a construction project. having no real skills, the men could only find work as laborers unloading cargo ships

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Another issue affecting farmers is a major expansion of labor rights to farm laborers approved last week by state lawmakers. Acacia Coronado, WSJ, "New York Farmers Bruised by Increased Labor Costs," 23 June 2019 It was bought through a federal grant and owned by Boulder County to house agricultural laborers, including migrant workers, until it was put up for sale in 2011 after a failed attempt at renovating the facility to better host families of workers. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, "Housing could be key to helping Boulder County farmers find workers in limited, expensive labor market," 23 June 2019 According to legend, Sargon of Akkad was born in secret to a priestess mother who set him adrift on a river, where he was found by the common laborer who raised him. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, "Meet the world’s first emperor," 18 June 2019 The same goes for delivery drivers and assembly line laborers. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Kevin Durant’s plight is highlighting the emotional toll of injuries on workers," 13 June 2019 And then there is idleness—which, persisted in for three days by a laborer, was once a hanging offense. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Other laborers come from the steady stream of child migrants who are brought to Ivory Coast by people other than their parents. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 The massacre at Tiananmen killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of the students and laborers who joined massive gatherings lasting more than a month. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "How the Tiananmen Square Massacre Changed China Forever," 4 June 2019 On top of that, North Korean laborers continue to work in both China and Russia, allowing those people to send money home. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump just canceled Pompeo’s big trip to North Korea. That’s a really bad sign.," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of laborer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laborer

: a person who does hard physical work for money


la·​bor·​er | \ ˈlā-bər-ər How to pronounce laborer (audio) \

Kids Definition of laborer

: a person who does physical work for pay a farm laborer

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