laborer

noun

la·​bor·​er ˈlā-bər-ər How to pronounce laborer (audio)
: one that labors
specifically : a person who does unskilled physical work for wages

Examples of laborer in a Sentence

He has been working as a laborer on a construction project. they could only find work as laborers unloading cargo ships
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, Miami-Dade County in Florida was on the cusp of proposing a local rule to address heat risk for outdoor laborers. Alejandra Borunda, NPR, 21 June 2024 This is a story all too real to the farm laborers and low-wage tourism workers who call this region home. Silvia Paz, The Mercury News, 13 June 2024 There was an article about cutting quartz countertops in the [San Fernando] Valley and those laborers getting [sick]. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 The other states offer protections for only certain groups of laborers — Washington covers outdoor workers only, while Minnesota covers indoor workers and Colorado covers agricultural workers. Sam Delgado, Vox, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for laborer 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laborer was in the 14th century

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“Laborer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laborer. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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laborer

noun
la·​bor·​er ˈlā-bər-ər How to pronounce laborer (audio)
: one that works
especially : a person who does unskilled physical work for wages

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