White-collar meaning

wīt'kŏl'ər, hwīt'-
Of or relating to workers whose work usually does not involve manual labor and who are often expected to dress with a degree of formality.
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Designating or of clerical or professional workers or others employed in work not essentially manual.
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Alternative form of white-collar.
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Of or pertaining to office work and workers; contrasted with blue-collar.
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Pertaining to the culture of white-collar workers, as values, politics, etc.; contrasted with blue-collar.
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Origin of white-collar

  • From the color of dress shirts worn by professional and clerical workers, as opposed to the rugged denim and chambray shirts normally worn by manual workers.
    From Wiktionary