salaryman

noun
sal·​a·​ry·​man | \ˈsal-rē-ˌman, ˈsa-lə-\

Definition of salaryman 

: a Japanese white-collar businessman

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The fan base spans the spectrum of Japanese society: die-hard fanatics crowded into the outfield, salarymen and salarywomen unwinding after work, families with young children and teenagers on dates. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game," 24 Aug. 2018 With postwar economic growth and the rise of corporate culture, ie households became less common, while apartment-dwelling nuclear households—consisting of a salaryman, a housewife, and their children—proliferated. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 While some izakaya skew fancy and others grungy, Shirube is an egalitarian affair where the tired salarymen and the local cool kids can all take off their shoes and down a beer. Bon Appetit, "Shirube," 19 Mar. 2018 Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 Then, the next player, a 30-something salaryman in suit and tie, moves to the console for his lesson. Chris Goto-jones, The Atlantic, "Practicing for Enlightenment With Video Games," 27 Mar. 2018 But, for me, those salarymen with their briefcases seemed like outlandish outliers. Cullen Murphy, Vanities, "When Fairfield County Was the Comic-Strip Capital of the World," 9 Aug. 2017 But, for me, those salarymen with their briefcases seemed like outlandish outliers. Cullen Murphy, Vanities, "When Fairfield County Was the Comic-Strip Capital of the World," 9 Aug. 2017 But, for me, those salarymen with their briefcases seemed like outlandish outliers. Cullen Murphy, vanityfair.com, "When Fairfield County Was the Comic-Strip Capital of the World," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of salaryman

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salaryman

Japanese sararī-man, from English salary + man

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