Blue Collar

A working-class person historically defined by hourly rates of pay and manual labor. A blue collar worker refers to the fact that most manual laborers at the turn of the century wore blue shirts, which could hold a little dirt around the collar without standing out.

This working class stands in contrast to white collar workers, which historically have had the higher-paying, salaried positions to go with their clean and pressed white shirts.

The term blue collar has in the past implied a certain lack of worker education as well, but those lines are blurred today. Today blue collar workers can be formally educated, skilled and highly paid. They can also earn more annually then some of their white collar counterparts.

The rate of college attendance in the U.S. has skyrocketed in the past 100 years, democratizing the education level once reserved for only wealthy families. Blue collar work does not typically carry a negative connotation in the United States, and has in fact been a source of multi-generational pride for millions, especially in the geographic northeast, where most of country's heavy industry first developed over 150 years ago.


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  • blue collar — (adj.) also blue collar, 1949, from BLUE (Cf. blue) (1) + COLLAR (Cf. collar) (n.). From the common color of men s work shirts …   Etymology dictionary

  • blue-collar — adj [only before noun] blue collar workers do physical work, rather than working in offices →↑white collar, pink collar ↑pink collar …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blue-collar — adjective only before noun * blue collar workers do work that involves using physical strength or skill with their hands instead of working in an office ─ compare WHITE COLLAR 1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blue-collar — lue collar adj. 1. of or designating work or workers in industry not requiring well groomed appearance. [Narrower terms: {industrial}] {white collar} [WordNet 1.5] 2. of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • blue-collar — ► ADJECTIVE chiefly N. Amer. ▪ relating to manual work or workers …   English terms dictionary

  • blue-collar — ☆ blue collar [blo͞o′käl′ər ] adj. [from the traditional color of work shirts] designating or of industrial workers, esp. the semiskilled and unskilled …   English World dictionary

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