living wage

noun

Definition of living wage

1 : a subsistence wage
2 : a wage sufficient to provide the necessities and comforts essential to an acceptable standard of living

Examples of living wage in a Sentence

He was barely earning a living wage.

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That activity, several people interviewed said, does little to create jobs with living wages, to improve schools, parks, libraries and community centers. NBC News, "Democratic debates draw mixed reactions from black voters in Detroit, Flint," 1 Aug. 2019 Under the Sandinista government in this period, many peasants participated actively in grassroots organizations that were rooted in decades of peasant and rural worker mobilizations in demand of land and living wages. Jeffrey L. Gould, The New Republic, "Making Sense of Bernie’s Sandinista Sympathies," 6 June 2019 Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is finally going to pay their employees living wages. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Disney World Will Have a $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 — A Big Win, Especially for Young People," 30 Aug. 2018 In this regard, our leaders must advocate for living wages and decreasing the high cost of housing. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Even the $15 living wage championed by Democrats would not make a dent in the vast majority of states. Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S., report finds," 13 June 2018 In this regard, our leaders must advocate for living wages and decreasing the high cost of housing. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 In this regard, our leaders must advocate for living wages and decreasing the high cost of housing. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Currently, those workers are guaranteed only Boston’s living wage rate of $14.82 per hour, as of July 1. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Mayor Walsh proposes wage hikes for employees of vendors with city contracts," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of living wage

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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living wage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of living wage

: an amount of money you are paid for a job that is large enough to provide you with the basic things (such as food and shelter) needed to live an acceptable life

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