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
Recent Examples on the Web Hot spots Singapore announced a record jump in coronavirus cases, with most of the 447 new cases arising in crowded dormitories for migrant laborers. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 16 Apr. 2020 One of the most important steps in a job search for skilled laborers is understanding the significance of filling out a job application. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Skilled workers can take advantage of application strategy," 11 Apr. 2020 Those include criticism that the US-Mexico-Canada agreement wouldn’t sufficiently protect American workers who must compete with lower-wage Mexican laborers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Could Washington’s impeachment drama spark China trade deal?," 29 Sep. 2019 Jimmie Rodgers carried water to African American laborers while working in railroad labor camps. Randy Lewis,, "In 2019, country music has a raging identity crisis. For Ken Burns, that’s a 100-year-old story," 9 Sep. 2019 Over the past several months, the two sides reached agreements to facilitate the movement of Palestinian laborers between Israel and the West Bank and support the Palestinian Authority’s budget. Adam Rasgon, New York Times, "Israel Cracks Down on Banks Over Payments to Palestinian Inmates," 9 May 2020 For decades, oil-rich Arab countries in the Gulf have relied heavily on millions of migrant laborers to build their vast economies. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Coronavirus leaves the Gulf's migrant workers in limbo, with no income and no easy way out," 9 May 2020 In recent weeks, a growing number of laborers in the meatpacking industry have raised alarms about conditions inside plants. USA TODAY, "Meat shortages expected as coronavirus disrupts production, despite executive order," 30 Apr. 2020 Thousands of laborers there protested the enclosure of common pasture by wealthy landowners, and those in authority swiftly and brutally crushed the revolt, killing dozens of protesters, then executing ringleaders. James Shapiro, The New Yorker, "The Shakespeare Play That Presaged the Trump Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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