designating or of industrial workers, often, specif., the semiskilled or unskilled
Origin of blue-collarfrom the traditional color of work shirts
Of or relating to wage earners, especially as a class, whose jobs are performed in work clothes and often involve manual labor.
(comparative more blue-collar, superlative most blue-collar)
- Working class; engaged or trained in essentially manual labor.
- Blue-collar workers represent a diminishing segment of society.
- Pertaining to the culture of blue-collar workers.
- Even as a tenured professor, she remained proud of her blue-collar values.