Definition of white-collar in English:
1Of or relating to the work done or those who work in an office or other professional environment.
- The white-collar salaried professions, such as public administration and banking, did however, provide the potential for mobility.
- About 50 million Americans work in these white-collar office jobs.
- Changes in employment that have downgraded the status and pay of many of the old white-collar professions have rendered this term almost meaningless.
1.1Denoting nonviolent crime committed by white-collar workers, especially fraud.
- More regular surveys are being conducted of business corporations, resulting in greater exposure of fraud and white-collar crime.
- The alleged criminal conduct was a nonviolent white-collar crime of which the many bank depositors in the Pekin area were the victims.
- The Federal Trade Commission has named identity theft the fastest-growing white-collar crime today.
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