la·bor·er | \ˈlā-bər-ər \

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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Calling all skilled laborers: A construction job fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at the Lauderdale Lakes Branch Library, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Construction job fair July 11 in Broward," 5 July 2018 In some states including Minnesota and Arkansas, herbicide-resistant pigweed is so persistent that farmers have resorted to hiring laborers to handpick or blowtorch the weeds. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 June 2018 When talking to agricultural laborers about climate legislation, Franks says, representatives from Community to Community eschewed scientific facts and figures in favor of asking about people’s perceptions of the world around them. Kate Yoder, WIRED, "Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?," 7 June 2018 That means the city will have to come up with a way to raise hundreds of millions of additional dollars a year to contribute to the city’s four pension funds for municipal workers, laborers, cops and firefighters. Hal Dardick,, "Emanuel cuts Chicago pension debt, but future hits to taxpayers still expected," 11 July 2018 Lybarger said that UC Davis spends tens of millions of dollars to outsource rather than hire laborers, shuttle bus drivers, patient-care technicians and billing coders. Molly Sullivan And Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Picket line grows to 1,400 at UC Davis hospital as two unions add support | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 The 37-year-old former cook and laborer, who was sent to death row for his role in a 2003 slaying in Bexar County, is slated to die by lethal injection May 16 - his fourth execution date in the past year. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "‘My life still has value’: San Antonio death row inmate begs for clemency 2 weeks before execution," 1 May 2018 Another candidate, laborer TJ Mulloy, has received a key endorsement from the Cleveland Building Trades Council, an influential labor group. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Jim Renacci's congressional seat suddenly seems winnable for Democrats. But do they have a candidate who can pull it off?," 28 Mar. 2018 Among the 64 positions open at its Arizona properties listed at are welders, laborers, machinists and electricians. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Copper could be the solution for displaced coal miners on the Navajo Reservation," 15 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of laborer

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

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