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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Ross is the former protege of Virgil Abloh, and designer for his brand A-COLD-WALL*, which is inspired by the politics of British class systems and youth culture among the working class. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This New Fashion Challenge Is Asking High-Profile Creators to Learn a New Skill in 24 Hours," 3 Apr. 2019 Long celebrated for his portrait work, Parks rendered the American working class with thrilling dignity; taking especially moving pictures of African Americans. Marley Marius, Vogue, "From Sally Mann to Jacopo Tintoretto, 7 Art Exhibitions You Won't Want to Miss This Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 The movement’s priorities, which center on boosting the purchasing power of France’s working class, have quickly shot to the top of France’s political agenda. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ Show Staying Power," 6 Jan. 2019 Parts of the left, faced with the facts that Marx’s working class was neither homogeneous nor history’s protagonist, substituted for it a romanticized third world. Mitchell Cohen, New York Times, "Did the Crusade for Human Rights Lead to More Inequality?," 18 May 2018 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

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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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