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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For France’s exurban middle and working classes, who have been priced out of France’s glamorous city centers, having a car has become a necessity for getting by. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 For America’s working class, macroeconomic conditions don’t get much better than this. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off," 6 July 2018 The show’s title refers to the way the 1968 protests evolved from uniting the left and people from different backgrounds — middle class and working class — to dividing them when the strikes ended and leftist factions re-emerged. New York Times, "Printing a Revolution: The Posters of Paris ’68," 4 May 2018 The tours are spread out across the month, but all cover the social history of the traditionally working class area. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Walking Tours in London," 27 Feb. 2018 Photo: Getty Images The 40-year-old former investment banker tried to strike a balance between the free-market ethos that animates his administration and the immediate need to calm the anger of working class and rural France. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Macron Announces Measures to Placate Protesters," 10 Dec. 2018 Those who have suffered the most are working class Americans of color. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meet Ash Sarkar, the Communist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot"," 15 July 2018 The poll showed that support for the yellow vests remains strong among the working class and in rural France. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ Show Staying Power," 6 Jan. 2019 My community, all of my communities have been told to wait: the working class, people of color, gay people, women. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delaware Democratic Senate Hopeful Kerri Harris Is a Queer Woman of Color Who Wants Politicians With "Diversity of Experience"," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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