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English definition of “working class”

working class

noun [S, + sing/pl verb]     (also the working classes)
a social group that consists of people who earn little money, often being paid only for the hours or days that they work, and who usually do physical work: The working class usually react/reacts in a predictable way to government policies. → Compare lower class, middle class, upper classClass and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor working-class     /ˌwɜː.kɪŋˈklɑːs/ US  /ˌwɝː.kɪŋˈklæs/ adjective working-class people/familiesClass and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
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