sal·​a·​ry·​man | \ ˈsal-rē-ˌman How to pronounce salaryman (audio) , ˈsa-lə- \

Definition of salaryman

: a Japanese white-collar businessman

Examples of salaryman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 48-year-old salaryman started fishing as a hobby during the pandemic. Hanako Lowry, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Following Magnetic Rose was the entirely different and eerily upbeat Stink Bomb, which dealt with a salaryman in a laboratory inadvertently letting loose a devastating biological weapon. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Anyone who has even a passing interest in Japan knows this, has seen the photographs of black-suited salarymen having picnic lunches in an incongruously pink landscape, like something out of a child’s fantasy bedroom. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 For decades the government pushed industrial growth, so the country’s cities filled up with drab business hotels that catered to armies of salarymen. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 Tokyo is among several cities with helplines and websites that try to reach shut-ins, who range from teenage school dropouts to salarymen who have been sacked. The Economist, 28 Nov. 2019 Japan was once renowned for the mutual loyalty of its companies and salarymen, who could plausibly aspire to lifetime employment at a single firm. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, 16 Sep. 2019 The model of the salaryman who enjoys a job for life has broken down. The Economist, 27 July 2019 But despite behemoth native power players including Honda, Mitsubishi, Nintendo, SoftBank, Sony, and Toyota, its corporate salaryman circles are full of squares, by design. Richard Morgan, Fortune, 23 July 2019

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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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4 Jul 2021

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“Salaryman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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