white-collar

adjective
white-col·​lar | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˈkä-lər How to pronounce white-collar (audio) \

Definition of white-collar

: 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

First Known Use of white-collar

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 4 Mar. 2021.

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white-collar

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of white-collar

: of, relating to, or having the kind of jobs that are done in an office instead of a factory, warehouse, etc.

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