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English definition of “the proletariat”

the proletariat

noun [S, + sing/pl verb]     /ˌprəʊ.lɪˈteə.ri.ət/ /ˌprɒl.ɪ-/ US  /ˌproʊ.ləˈter.i-/
the class of people who do unskilled jobs in industry and own little or no propertyClass and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
(Definition of the proletariat noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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