of or relating to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners.
Compare white-collar.
a blue-collar worker.
Contemporary Examples

‘Does He Care About People Like Me?’ David Frum November 11, 2012
Paul Begala on the Five Stages of GOP Grief Paul Begala November 6, 2012
2016 Just May Be the GOP Base’s Year Lloyd Green August 3, 2014
‘Made in China’ Now Being Made in Africa Brendon Hong August 22, 2014

Historical Examples

The House by the River A. P. Herbert
Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants James H. Head
Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
Nye and Riley’s Wit and Humor (Poems and Yarns) Bill Nye

of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workers: a blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar

Note: The term is often associated with conservative values.


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