work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

Definition of worker

1a : one that works especially at manual or industrial labor or with a particular material a factory worker often used in combination
b : a member of the working class
2 : any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps, or termites that perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony

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Examples of worker in a Sentence

The company is planning to hire 200 workers. The average worker earned $1,000 more this year. If management doesn't make the changes, the workers will go on strike. They are both hard workers.
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Within that community lives the queen (who lays upwards of 1,500 eggs daily), worker bees who run the hive, and drones, which are the male bees who mate with queens from other colonies. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Beekeeping for Beginners: Everything to Know About Starting Your Own Colony," 5 Apr. 2019 And because of its therapeutic value, social workers get permission for children who must testify in court to bring their Thinking Putty with them. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Limitless Uses of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty," 26 Dec. 2018 Most recently, he’s been bringing to light trans issues as Trevor in Shameless, where his character works as a social worker at the local LGBTQ center. Matt Wille, Teen Vogue, "11 LGBTQ Actors You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018 Meghan's mom, a yoga teacher and social worker from California, was front and center at the royal wedding, beaming with pride as her daughter walked down the aisle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Royal Fan Praised Meghan Markle's Mom and the Duchess's Reaction Was So Sweet," 3 Oct. 2018 My co-workers were quick to take on the task and not shy about sharing their opinions. Woman's Day, "We Tried the New Reese's Cup Made Strictly For Peanut Butter Lovers," 27 Mar. 2019 California is one of only eight states in the U.S. where domestic workers are protected by a bill of rights. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "Domestic Workers Like My Mom Deserve Protection and Security," 26 Mar. 2019 Youth clubs and youth workers face many challenges because they have been hit disproportionately hard by spending cuts, so a lot in the area have had to close down, with young people losing out as a result. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "“It’s Called Ffasiwn” Is a Photography Exhibition That Challenges Assumptions About Status and Style," 25 Mar. 2019 Black women from eight different countries, all Georgia domestic workers, did outreach on behalf of the organization’s political-action arm, Care in Action, and were Abrams’s biggest canvassing team. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of worker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of worker

: a person who does a particular job to earn money
: a person who is actively involved in a particular activity
: a person whose job does not involve managing other people


work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

Kids Definition of worker

1 : a person who works cafeteria workers He's a good worker.
2 : one of the members of a colony of bees, ants, wasps, or termites that do most of the work of the colony

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