Definition of working class in English:

working class

Syllabification: work·ing class


[treated as singular or plural]
  • The social group consisting of people who are employed for wages, especially in manual or industrial work: the housing needs of the working classes
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    • Middle-class models of domesticity gradually spread into both the working classes and aristocratic elites.
    • The working classes and middle classes are now at the mercies of the regional land market.
    • The least likely to reach a later retirement age are from the manual working class.


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  • Relating to people belonging to the working class: a working-class community
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    • A majority of single parents, immigrants and working-class people have no savings and own no assets at all.
    • The Labour Party has a Christmas present for the working-class people of New Zealand.
    • However, working-class identity is still strong and support for socialist ideas remains firm.

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