working-class

adjective
work·​ing-class | \ ˈwər-kiŋ-ˈklas How to pronounce working-class (audio) \

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

working class

noun

Definition of working class (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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National conservatives preen as defenders of the dignity of the rural and small-town — mostly white and non-college educated — working class. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: “National conservatism” is “Elizabeth Warren conservatism”," 11 Aug. 2019 National conservatives preen as defenders of the dignity of the rural and small-town — mostly white and non-college educated — working class. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: ‘National conservatism’ is ‘Elizabeth Warren conservatism’," 11 Aug. 2019 National conservatives preen as defenders of the dignity of the rural and small-town — mostly white and non-college educated — working class. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: “National conservatism” is “Elizabeth Warren conservatism”," 11 Aug. 2019 Rivera, a dedicated Marxist and supporter of the Mexican Revolution, is beloved for his murals, which often attacked the ruling class and told stories of working class people. Leah Asmelash And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "In honor of Frida Kahlo's birthday, here are 5 things you should know about the Mexican artist," 6 July 2019 The floods in the Midwest have delayed the planting of crops, which will raise food prices and place further stress on working class budgets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Election 2020 priorities," 2 Aug. 2019 But many Americans who are middle class and working class also give some of their money away. Alyssa A. Dirusso, The Conversation, "Budgeting for charity: A new way for the government to encourage giving," 30 July 2019 Conservatives, in particular, need to recognize the role that economics has played in marriage’s retreat among the working class. David Lapp, National Review, "Restoring the Marriage Ecosystem," 25 July 2019 Its Second Republic, following the Paris uprising of 1848—one led by the children of the sansculottes, an armed working class—lasted only three years, dissipating in Bonapartist restoration. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of working-class

Adjective

1833, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined above

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