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

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the process, some lowly laborer spleens might get shrimpy too. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2022 So the Kambles rely on local farmers to donate feed, while the mother also works as a farm laborer. Sanket Jain, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2021 One such pioneer was Miina Sillanpää, a former child laborer and maid who was elected to parliament in 1907 and served there for 38 years. Naomi Moriyama And William Doyle, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 In 1933, a laborer working at a bridge construction site in the city of Harbin discovered the peculiar skull. New York Times, 25 June 2021 His father worked as a laborer in a fur shop, stretching animal skins. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Jobs available include laborer, T-ball and coach pitch umpires, summer camp counselors, concession manager, concession staff and intern. cleveland, 18 Feb. 2022 Sorrells believes that her grandfather’s grim background—his origins in the post-Confederate South, his time as a child laborer, his act of desertion—shaped his outlook and his politics. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 Arrillaga grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood; his father was a laborer at the Los Angeles produce market and his mother was a nurse. Kerry A. Dolan, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of laborer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Laborer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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