working-class


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working class

n.
The socioeconomic class consisting of people who work for wages, especially low wages, including unskilled and semiskilled laborers and their families.

work′ing-class′ adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.working-class - of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborersworking-class - of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers; "party of the propertyless proletariat"- G.B.Shaw
low-class, lower-class - occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society
2.working-class - working for hourly wages rather than fixed (e.g. annual) salaries; "working-class occupations include manual as well as industrial labor"
blue-collar - of or designating manual industrial work or workers
Translations

working-class

[ˈwɜːkɪŋklɑːs] ADJ [person, family] → de clase obrera, de clase trabajadora; [neighbourhood] → obrero
a self-educated man from a working-class backgroundun autodidacta de familia de clase obrera or trabajadora
to be working-classser de clase obrera or trabajadora
see also working

working-class

[ˌwɜːkɪŋˈklɑːs] adj to be working-classappartenere alla classe operaia
to come from a working-class background → venire da una famiglia di operai

working-class

طَبَقَةٌ عَامِلَة dělnická třída arbejderklasse- der Arbeiterklasse zugehörig της εργατικής τάξης de clase obrera työväenluokan ouvrier radničke klase classe operaia 労働者階級の 노동자 계급의 van arbeidersklasse arbeiderklasse- klasa robotnicza classe operária относящийся к рабочему классу arbetarklass- ชนชั้นผู้รับจ้าง işçi sınıfı giai cấp công nhân 工人阶级的
References in classic literature ?
Famine was in every working-class quarter in the world within three weeks of the beginning of the war.
He was appalled at the problem confronting him, weighted down by the incubus of his working-class station.
This language also enabled him more intimately to follow their mental processes, and thereby to gather much data for a projected chapter in some future book which he planned to entitle Synthesis of Working-Class Psychology.
Once having mastered the language and conquered numerous fastidious qualms, he found that he could flow into any nook of working-class life and fit it so snugly as to feel comfortably at home.
Perhaps it was a recoil from his environment and training, or from the tempered seed of his ancestors, who had been book-men generation preceding generation; but at any rate, he found enjoyment in being down in the working-class world.
His advertisement would be for board and room in some simple working-class family.
He never saw the dancing-school nor placed his advertisement for a room in a working-class family.
He was, after all, but one of a large number of heroes who, throughout the world, devoted their lives to the Revolution; though it must be conceded that he did unusual work, especially in his elaboration and interpretation of working-class philosophy.
His patronising world view suggests all those frequenting city centre hotels are rich outsiders served by poor, working-class Liverpudlians.
Democrats cannot win big or consistently enough, deep enough down the ticket or broadly enough in the states, unless they run much stronger with white working-class and downscale voters.
While it does refer to rednecks, queers, and country music throughout, the book uses these as seductive hooks to talk about class--more specifically, to show the myriad ways in which the dominant middle class misunderstands and misrepresents working-class culture, and to rectify this by explaining the actual contours of working-class life, including its values, its aesthetics, its politics, its identity, and its social functioning.
When I began my PhD studies and told my advisor I would write my dissertation on contemporary American working-class women's poetry, her response was, "Is there such a thing?