Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

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

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "We certainly addressed the issue of Reagan Democrats," said Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, referring to the blue-collar voters who began drifting Republican in 1980.

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  • She’s never thought a scholarship student with a Gap wardrobe and a twenty-dollar haircut belonged in Billings, I said, remembering that day during my hazing that Cheyenne had referred to my blue-collar background and crushed her blush beads into her rug for me to clean up.

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  • A hard-working nurse from a blue-collar family, Elisa quit her job to stay by her father's bedside, as he suffered from and ultimately succumbed to congestive heart failure.

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  • Here's the rub: suppose that a million dollars' worth of clothes production requires one white-collar worker and nine blue-collar workers, while a million dollars of airplane production requires three white-collar workers and seven blue-collar workers.

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