proletarian[prō′lə ter′ē ən]
Origin of proletarian; from Classical Latin proletarius, citizen of the lowest class (see proletary) + -an
Origin of proletarianFrom Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens (viewed as contributing to the state only through having children), from prōlēs, offspring; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more proletarian, superlative most proletarian)
- Of or relating to the proletariat.
- A member of the proletariat
From Latin proletarius (“a man whose only wealth is his offspring, or whose sole service to the state is as father”), from proles (“offspring, posterity”)