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proletariat Syllabification: pro·le·tar·i·at
Pronunciation: /ˌprōləˈterēət/
(also archaicproletariate)

Definition of proletariat in English:


[treated as singular or plural]
1Workers or working-class people, regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism): the growth of the industrial proletariat
More example sentences
  • 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.
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
derogatorythe hoi polloi, the plebs, the proles, the great unwashed, the mob, the rabble
1.1The lowest class of citizens in ancient Rome.
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).

Words that rhyme with proletariat

commissariat, lumpenproletariat, salariat, secretariat, vicariate

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