Glass-ceiling Definition

noun
Institutional and social obstacles regarded as a barrier preventing women and certain minorities from advancing to the highest positions in business, government, etc.
Webster's New World

An unwritten, uncodified barrier to further promotion or progression for a member of a specific demographic group.

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Other Word Forms of Glass-ceiling

Noun

Singular:
glass-ceiling
Plural:
glass-ceilings

Origin of Glass-ceiling

  • glass, indicating transparency to allude to the unofficial nature of the limitation, and ceiling, suggesting a barrier to upward advancement.

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