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work·​ing-class ˈwər-kiŋ-ˈklas How to pronounce working-class (audio)
: of, relating to, deriving from, or suitable to the class of wage earners
working-class virtues
a working-class family

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

Examples of working-class in a Sentence

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At the hotel’s restaurant, Locanda Sotto gli Archi, the menu is filled with old-fashioned working-class dishes. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2023 Most elite colleges, including Penn and Yale, trail larger state schools with more working-class students. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2023 During the committee meeting, state Rep. Zack Fields, D-Anchorage, said the area is home to many working-class residents and kids who use bicycles to get around, and there is no current safe route to get to the Coastal Trail from Northern Lights Boulevard. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 Nor is the film much interested in drawing any sweeping conclusions about the communities each belongs to — although its matter-of-fact acknowledgments about the everyday stresses of working-class life or the violent hostility faced by gay and trans people are statements in themselves. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 Each of these colleges, like Duke, has decided not to enroll many of the talented working-class students who are qualified to attend — and each would prefer not to call attention to this policy. David Leonhardt, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Not all the exhibition’s works portray a working-class grimness. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Their colorful delivery trucks prowl neighborhoods from the French Quarter to the lakefront, delivering bundles of fresh loaves daily and keeping this hearty working-class tradition alive. Pableaux Johnson, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 As the pace of the Republican primary season escalates, Biden is trying to reclaim ground among working-class voters who abandoned Democrats and moved their allegiance to former president Donald Trump and others over cultural issues. Fatima Hussein,, 4 Sep. 2023
For many of them, dancing for a living would be unattainable without Baptista, who inaugurated a job market that didn’t previously exist for the Black working class. Beatriz Miranda,, 17 Aug. 2023 The hope was that Gym, an Asian American, could repeat Johnson’s success in Chicago: galvanize the Black working class and win over left-leaning whites. Ross Barkan, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023 The song decries the rich and powerful who exploit working classes. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2023 This play by Ramiz Monsef amplified all the uncomfortable and frustrating conversations around economic privilege that the poor and working class must navigate in an effort to be understood. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2023 The vast majority of the country’s working class does not toil on the factory floor with a union to look out for their interests. Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2023 Advertisement Matthews grew up in the District’s Riverside Terrace neighborhood, a solid Black working class enclave that provided a protective bubble for kids like her. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 The failures of political movements—whether to achieve a multiracial democracy or a social revolution centered on the Black working class or women’s liberation—threw off the timing of progress. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2023 That the words working class are synonymous in the minds of many Americans with white working class is the result of a political myth. Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1833, in the meaning defined above


1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of working-class was in 1757

Dictionary Entries Near working-class

working class


working day

Cite this Entry

“Working-class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

working class

: the class of people who work for wages usually in manual labor
working-class adjective

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