working class Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “working class” in the English Dictionary

"working class" in British English

See all translations

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.
working-class
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)

"working class" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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…
What is the pronunciation of working class?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “working class”

Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More