Definition of “working class” - English Dictionary

“working class” in British English

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working classnoun [ S, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌwɜː.kɪŋ ˈklɑːs/ us /ˌwɝː.kɪŋ ˈklæs/ UK 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:

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

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working classnoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈwɜr·kɪŋ ˌklæs/

the group of people in society who use physical skills in their jobs 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 social group that consists of people who usually do physical work, 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

the working classnoun [ S ]

uk us also the working classes [ plural ]

ECONOMICS the social group that consists of people who usually do physical work, and usually do not have much money or a very high level of education:

She is a County Commissioner who fights for the working class.

(Definition of “working-class” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)