Proletariat meaning

prō'lĭ-târ'ē-ĭt
The proletariat is defined as working-class people, or people who perform labor for money.

The many people in a society who own regular jobs and make a living at or below the middle class level are an example of the proletariat.

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The propertyless class of ancient Rome, constituting the lowest class of citizens.
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(history) In ancient Rome, the lowest class of citizens, who had no property.
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The wage earners collectively, excluding salaried workers.
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The class of lowest status in any society.
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The class of lowest status in ancient Roman society.
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The working class; esp., the industrial working class.
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The working class or lower class.
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Origin of proletariat

  • French prolétariat from Latin prōlētārius belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens proletarian
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French prolétariat, 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")
    From Wiktionary