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Definition of "working class" []

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

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 "working class" in a sentence
  • "Here there were two views in opposition to each other; one side acknowledged the newts as a new working class and strove to have all social legislation extended to them, regulating length of working day, paid holidays, insurance for invalidity and old age and so on; the other view, in contrast, declared that the newts were a growing danger as competition for human manpower and working newts were anti-social and should simply be banned."
  • "‘You forget, the MacLeod roots are staunchly working class — I’m the renegade in a bunch of social reformers."
  • "If wages were high, the number of workpeople would multiply; if wages fell, the numbers of the working class would decrease."