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Definition of "white-collar" []

  • Of or relating to workers whose work usually does not involve manual labor and who are often expected to dress with a degree of formality. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "white-collar" in a sentence
  • "In Russia, an employment service company, GogoJobs, uses as its fetching Global English web address.xviii In Peru, some job seekers respond to advertisements for white-collar jobs offered by the Lima branch of the medical outfit Merck & Co., while others apply for far more dangerous jobs in nearby copper mines."
  • "By the end of the 1920s, according to one study, Jews were barred from 90 percent of white-collar jobs in New York City."
  • "Just one generation after the canals were dug, Irish were proportionally underrepresented in the lowest-paying occupations and overrepresented not only in police and fire departments but also in teaching, clerking, bookkeeping, and other white-collar jobs."
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