(also • archaic proletariate)
noun[treated as singular or plural]
- 1Workers or working-class people, regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism): the growth of the industrial proletariatMore example sentences
the workers, working-class people, wage earners, the working classes, the common people, the lower classes, the masses, the rank and file, the third estate, the plebeians; the lumpen, the lumpenproletariat• derogatory the hoi polloi, the plebs, the proles, the great unwashed, the mob, the rabble• humorous sheeple
- Human history has remained the chronology of struggles between master and servant, have and have nots, between capitalists and proletariats, exploiter and exploited.
- Is it necessary for the peasant classes of agricultural nations to become urban or rural (if such a thing is possible) proletariats before a Socialist Revolution is possible?
- Today, strawberries are grown in all 50 states and enjoyed by people in all walks of life - presidents and proletariats alike.
- 1.1The lowest class of citizens in ancient Rome.More example sentences
- In a similar vein, Champlin argues that celebrations like the banquet of Tigellinus and the canal from Lake Avernus to the Tiber were intended to bring the upper-class delights of Baiae to the urban proletariate of Rome.
- Many flocked to Rome, where they joined the proletariat of propertyless citizens dependent on handouts of free wheat by the state.
mid 19th century: from French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius (see proletarian).