Definition of white-collar in English:

white-collar

Syllabification: white-col·lar

adjective

  • 1Of or relating to the work done or those who work in an office or other professional environment.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    clerical, administrative, professional, executive, salaried, office
  • 1.1Denoting nonviolent crime committed by white-collar workers, especially fraud.
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    • 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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