Definition of the working class noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the working class

BrE BrE//ðə ˌwɜːkɪŋ ˈklɑːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌwɜːrkɪŋ ˈklæs//
[singular + singular or plural verb] (also the working classes [plural]) Belonging to society
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the social class whose members do not have much money or power and are usually employed to do manual work (= physical work using their hands) the political party of the working class The working class has/have rejected them in the elections. If you were working class, going to university wasn’t even an option. compare middle class, upper class See related entries: Belonging to society
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the working class