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Definition of working-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, deriving from, or suitable to the class of wage earners working-class virtues a working-class family

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Definition of working class (Entry 2 of 2)

: the class of people who work for wages usually at manual labor

Examples of working-class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He had been born on the edge of Sadr City, the sprawling Shiite working class district home to hundreds of thousands of families who’d left southern Iraq for the promise of a better life in the capital. Washington Post, "Three young deaths. A vow to bring justice. And a test for Iraq’s new leader.," 4 Oct. 2020 This fundamental structural shift toward more wealth going towards the middle class or the working class wasn't happening under Obama's administration, either. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "New York Democrat says Trump and Bernie Sanders good at diagnosing problems, not solutions," 1 Oct. 2020 During a 20-year confinement in an Ohio state prison beginning in 1991, the inmate-artist Dean Gillispie constructed tabletop fantasy version of images from his working class childhood: miniature gas stations, movie houses, and roadside diners. New York Times, "Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison," 24 Sep. 2020 Others recoil from trade policies that violate free-trade principles, even when hewing to those principles threatens the livelihoods of both middle-income households and, even more, the downwardly mobile working class. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "Blue Today, Bluer Tomorrow," 17 Sep. 2020 Trump’s win came with lower voter turnout than the previous two presidential elections and with support from some white working class voters who previously had voted for Democrats. Bill Ruthhart,, "In closely divided Kenosha, Trump’s law and order message hits unexpectedly close to home after Jacob Blake shooting," 28 Aug. 2020 Through community land trusts, working class communities are able to lock-in affordability by owning the land on which housing is built. Francisco Pérez, The New Republic, "The End of Housing As We Know It," 31 July 2020 The 1905 Workers Tavern, a working class bar with a backyard garden and studio apartment rentals, sits under the steel Megler Bridge in Astoria’s Uniontown near the Astoria Riverwalk, marina and historic curiosities. oregonlive, "It’s time to get away to Astoria on the Oregon coast for craft beer, hikes and ‘Goonies’ fun," 3 Oct. 2020 Edwards had campaigned as a champion of the working class, and the $400 haircuts were simply too much cognitive dissonance for the American public. Heidi Stevens Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "Trump's $70,000 in hair care expenses puts all previous hair scandals to shame," 29 Sep. 2020

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1833, in the meaning defined above


1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Working-class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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