working class Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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working classnoun [S, + sing/pl verb]

uk   us   (UK also the working classes)
a ​socialgroup that consists of ​people who ​earn little ​money, often being ​paid only for the ​hours or ​days that they ​work, and who usually do ​physicalwork: The ​workingclass usually ​react/​reacts in a ​predictable way to ​governmentpolicies.
adjective uk   /ˌwɜː.kɪŋˈklɑːs/  us   /ˌwɝː.kɪŋˈklæs/
working-class ​people/​families
(Definition of working class from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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working classnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈwɜr·kɪŋ ˌklæs/
the ​group of ​people in ​society who use ​physicalskills in ​theirjobs and are usually ​paid by the ​hour: a working-class ​neighborhood/​family
(Definition of working class from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"working-class" in Business English

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working-classadjective [before noun]

uk   us   ECONOMICS
belonging or ​relating to the ​socialgroup that consists of ​people who usually do ​physicalwork, and usually do not have much ​money or a very high ​level of ​education: Most of our ​voters come from working-class ​backgrounds. a working-class ​area a working-class family
(Definition of working-class from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “working class”
in Arabic الطبَقة العامِلة…
in Korean 노동자 계급의…
in Portuguese operário…
in Catalan de classe obrera…
in Japanese 労働者階級の…
in Italian proletario, della classe operaia…
in Chinese (Simplified) 劳工阶级,工人阶级…
in Turkish işçi sınıfı, emekçi sınıfı…
in Russian рабочий класс…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勞工階級,工人階級…
in Polish klasa robotnicza…
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