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

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Definition of working class (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 Da Silva is revered in many parts of Brazil for his humble beginnings and for sharing the fruits of the country's boom years with the poor and working classes. Mauricio Savarese And Diarlei Rodrigues, Fox News, "Backers of Brazil's Lula rally on filing day for candidacy," 15 Aug. 2018 The definition of working class is fairly straightforward, but the actual application of the term gets dicey, fast. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 The split reflects a central debate Democrats everywhere have been having since their shocking defeat in 2016, when working class voters defected at the same time that minorities and young people stayed home. NBC News, "The Stacey v. Stacey fight comes to a head, as Georgia Democrats choose a strategy for the Trump era," 20 May 2018 Many of those jobs should more properly have been understood as working class. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "The Struggle to Stay Middle Class," 26 Apr. 2018 White working class voters make up 50% of the electorate in these states, according to the 2016 Current Population Survey. Harry Enten, CNN, "It makes perfect sense that Roseanne is a Trump voter," 29 Mar. 2018 But the target audience — older, white, working class voters — is the same. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Over 24 hours, Trump exhibits two starkly different attitudes toward race in America," 12 Jan. 2018

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1833, in the meaning defined above


1757, in the meaning defined above

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