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Definition of the proletariat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


the proletariat

[singular] (technology)
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(used especially when talking about the past) the class of ordinary people who earn money by working, especially those who do not own any property the industrial proletariat Marx wrote of the class struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. compare bourgeoisie
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: the proletariat