from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the proletariat.
- n. A member of the proletariat; a worker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to the proletariat.
- n. A member of the proletariat
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the proletaries; belonging to the commonalty; hence, mean; vile; vulgar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or belonging to the lower classes; hence, mean; vile; vulgar.
- n. A member of the poorest class of a community; one who is without capital or regular employment.
- n. Also proletaire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)
- adj. belonging to or characteristic of the proletariat
From Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens (viewed as contributing to the state only through having children), from prōlēs, offspring; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin proletarius ("a man whose only wealth is his offspring, or whose sole service to the state is as father"), from proles ("offspring, posterity") (Wiktionary)