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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 The Motor City once held more than 200,000 jobs for the working class in auto plants run by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, but Morisseau thrusts the audience into the once-booming industry at a time of decline. Ayanna Prescod, Variety, 26 Jan. 2022 Some Democrats are hopeful that his past success with working class white voters can give the party a chance in a state that Republicans have otherwise dominated in recent elections. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 3 May 2022 But it had long been overlooked, or dismissed as the realm of broke students or the working class. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Forgiving student loans is about helping the working class stay afloat. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Vance is well-known for his 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy, which recalled his time growing up in a working class white family in southern Ohio and was later adapted into a film. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 For decades France’s working class supported left-wing parties that promoted full employment, and generous retirement and health-care benefits. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2022 The student body is one of the most diverse of any college in the area, and unique as well for being largely working class. Adrian Walker,, 5 Apr. 2022 In public appearances, however, the spotlight is often on the everyday problems of the middle class and the working class, her base of support. Elaine Ganley, ajc, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of working-class


1833, in the meaning defined above


1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Working-class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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