work·ing-class | \ˈwər-kiŋ-ˈklas \

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


Definition of working class (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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No one expected Ocasio-Cortez, a working class woman, to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress., "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Defeated One Of The Most Powerful House Democrats," 27 June 2018 Voters who say lost manufacturing jobs, immigration and urban crime have created a crisis for the American working class have a personalized loyalty to Trump that extends well beyond allegiance to party. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The 'Strongmen Era' Is Here. Here’s What It Means for You," 3 May 2018 The question many are asking now is whether lawmakers move forward in making a reality of King's dream of economic equality for working class people of color. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "King died 50 years ago fighting against economic injustice. Data show the issue still persists.," 4 Apr. 2018 With respect to the Senator, strong, clear advocacy for working class Americans isn’t just for the Bronx. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialism Can Work In The Midwest – With a Rebrand," 3 July 2018 Rather, demonstrations have varied from place to place, but range across the ideological spectrum, are multigenerational, and represent both middle class and working class Jordanians. Curtis R. Ryan, Washington Post, "Why Jordanians are protesting," 4 June 2018 In an ideal world, progressives would be able to assemble a broad, cross-racial, working class coalition by simply appealing to the rational, material interests of ordinary Americans. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018 Is music just one more distraction to keep the working class in check? Ed Masley, azcentral, "These are the best songs of 2018, so far," 12 July 2018 The trade solutions from the left stress global unity among the working classes, to break the stranglehold that elite business interests have on the agenda. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018

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1833, in the meaning defined above


1757, in the meaning defined above

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