blue collar


  1. of or relating to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners.Compare white-collar.


  1. a blue-collar worker.


  1. of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workersa blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar

also blue-collar, 1949, from blue (1) + collar (n.). From the common color of men’s work shirts.

A descriptive term widely used for manual laborers, as opposed to white-collar for office workers.

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