working-class

adjective work·ing-class \ ˈwər-kiŋ-ˈklas \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of working-class

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

First Known Use of working-class

1833

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working class

noun

Definition of working class

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

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First Known Use of working class

1757

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