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Meaning of “glass ceiling” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"glass ceiling" in American English

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glass ceilingnoun [C]

 /ɡlæs ˈsi·lɪŋ/
a ​limit that is ​unofficial but ​understood which ​prevents someone, esp. a woman, from ​advancing to a ​topposition in a ​company or ​organization: The ​fact that no woman has ​managed one of the ​branchoffices is ​prettystrongevidence of a glass ceiling.
(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"glass ceiling" in Business English

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glass ceilingnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   HR, WORKPLACE
something that prevents someone from getting a more important ​position in their ​organization: Women have made scant ​progress in breaking through the glass ​ceiling to ​reachtopcorporateexecutive and ​boardroompositions. Few ​people who hit the glass ​ceiling are inclined to go through the ​additional pain of a ​complaint to the ​government.
(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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