Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to wage earners, especially as a class, whose jobs are performed in work clothes and often involve manual labor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective of or designating work or workers in industry not requiring well-groomed appearance.
  • adjective of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Working class; engaged or trained in essentially manual labor.
  • adjective Pertaining to the culture of blue-collar workers.

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

  • adjective of or designating manual industrial work or workers
  • adjective of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers

Etymologies

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From the color of rugged denim and chambray work shirts often worn by manual workers, as opposed to the white dress shirts typically worn by professionals and clerical workers.

Examples

  • Trump is what is often called a "blue-collar billionaire" his assets are all paper and non-liquid.

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  • Howard and Joyce Wyrick keep a garden that he describes as a "blue-collar vegetable garden."

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  • Trump is what is often called a "blue-collar billionaire" his assets are all paper and non-liquid.

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  • In a Gallup poll of Dec. 18, for example, his job approval with these voters—usually described as blue-collar workers—was 40%, down 26 points from January 2009.

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  • Most people—including so-called blue-collar workers—will find their jobs more challenging as lean production spreads.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Most people—including so-called blue-collar workers—will find their jobs more challenging as lean production spreads.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Each body contained only one person who could remotely be classified as a blue-collar worker; each of these men filled a position specifically but unofficially designed as reserved for a “representative of labor,” and each was an official of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers.

    Interpretations of American History

  • If, moreover, historical precedents have any validity at all, the most critical constraint upon any surge in wartime production will be the number of skilled craftsmen—which causes one to wonder about the huge long-term decline in American blue-collar employment, including the employment of skilled craftsmen.

    Interpretations of American History

  • Each body contained only one person who could remotely be classified as a blue-collar worker; each of these men filled a position specifically but unofficially designed as reserved for a “representative of labor,” and each was an official of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers.

    Interpretations of American History

  • If, moreover, historical precedents have any validity at all, the most critical constraint upon any surge in wartime production will be the number of skilled craftsmen—which causes one to wonder about the huge long-term decline in American blue-collar employment, including the employment of skilled craftsmen.

    Interpretations of American History

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