Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to office work and workers; contrasted with blue-collar.
  • adj. Pertaining to the culture of white-collar workers, as values, politics, etc.; contrasted with blue-collar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers

Etymologies

From the color of dress shirts worn by professional and clerical workers, as opposed to the rugged denim and chambray shirts normally worn by manual workers. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By the end of the 1920s, according to one study, Jews were barred from 90 percent of white-collar jobs in New York City.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • 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.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In Russia, an employment service company, GogoJobs, uses GogoJobs.ru 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Mr. Einhorn's share of the penalty is one of the highest fines leveled on an individual in the history of the FSA, which has undergone a drive in recent years to get tough on white-collar crime.

    Merrill Executive Fined in Greenlight Case

  • General Motors Co.'s union-represented workers will get record profit-sharing checks this year, while the company's white-collar work force is in for a pay freeze and reduced bonuses.

    Leaner Times for GM White-Collar Workers

  • Japanese executives convicted of white-collar crimes often have been given suspended prison sentences, although former Internet mogul Takafumi Horie last year began serving a two-and-a-half-year prison term for accounting fraud.

    Arrests Go Beyond Olympus

  • SEOULā€”South Korean prosecutors are again investigating one of the nation's most-prominent businessmen in a white-collar crime case, raising a new test for a justice system that has repeatedly seen business leaders who were found guilty of crimes pay little or no penalty.

    SK Group Probe Is Familiar Ground in Korea

  • In the past five years, the leaders of several other well-known South Korean businesses, including Samsung Electronics Co. and Hyundai Motor Co., have been found guilty of white-collar crimes, penalized financially but not with prison time, and ultimately pardoned.

    SK Group Probe Is Familiar Ground in Korea

  • He hasn't come up against a regulator in this way before, said Stephen Gentle , a partner at white-collar crime specialist Kingsley Napley.

    U.K. Issues Record Investor Fine

  • China has a new version of its official workout intended to make exercise easy for white-collar workers.

    China's Remedy for Stressed Workers: 'They Need the Hoohah'

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