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

  • adj. Of or relating to a class of jobs, such as typist or telephone operator, once traditionally filled by women.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to employees in predominately female service industries.

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

  • adj. of or relating to a class of jobs once traditionally filled by women


By analogy with various constructions in -collar, especially blue-collar, and from the traditional conception of pink as a feminine color (with blue its masculine counterpart), a conception perhaps magnified in this case by the sometime popularity of pink blouses among women in the service industry. (Wiktionary)



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