white-col·​lar ˈ(h)wīt-ˈkä-lər How to pronounce white-collar (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting the class of salaried employees whose duties do not call for the wearing of work clothes or protective clothing compare blue-collar

Examples of white-collar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2022 and 2023, Boeing trimmed 2,000 white-collar jobs but roughly another 15,000 employees left of their own accord, company financial filings show, many of them engineers and manufacturing workers, in a combination of retirements and job-hopping in a hot market for skilled labor. Jeremy Bogaisky, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 To start off, chatbots are often positioned as a productivity tool for white-collar workers. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 And also, possibly, from humans who do a wide range of white-collar jobs, including translators, paralegals, customer-service representatives, and journalists. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2024 As generative AI tools mature and become more useful, the technology will make white-collar jobs more productive, Luria saod. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 The experience taught Schiff how to conduct a complicated investigation into a white-collar crime. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Professional and business services, which covers a range of white-collar jobs that had been hit hard by interest rate hikes, added 74,000 jobs in January, soaring past the sluggish average monthly gain of 14,000 jobs in 2023. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Managers in the white-collar world might not have stability, guaranteed good pay, or solid benefits, but they recently were thrown a bone with newfound flexibility and remote-work options. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 Our parents bought homes, became U.S. citizens and raised children — my generation — who became teachers, professors, white-collar professionals or blue-collar entrepreneurs. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white-collar was in 1911

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“White-collar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-collar. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or being a member of the class of workers (as clerks and salespersons) whose duties do not require the wearing of work clothes

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