What does proletarian mean?

Definitions for proletarian
ˌproʊ lɪˈtɛər i ənpro·le·tar·i·an

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word proletarian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. proletarian, prole, workeradjective

    a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)

    "workers of the world--unite!"

  2. proletarianadjective

    belonging to or characteristic of the proletariat


  1. proletariannoun

    A member of the proletariat

    Etymology: From proletarius, from proles

  2. proletarianadjective

    Of or relating to the proletariat.

    Etymology: From proletarius, from proles

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proletarianadjective

    of or pertaining to the proletaries; belonging to the commonalty; hence, mean; vile; vulgar

    Etymology: [L. proletarius. See Proletary.]

  2. Proletariannoun

    a proletary

    Etymology: [L. proletarius. See Proletary.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proletarian

    prō-le-tā′ri-an, adj. belonging to the poorest labouring class: having little or no property: plebeian: vulgar.—n. a member of the poorest class—also Proletaire′, Prō′letary.—adj. Proletā′neous, having numerous offspring.—ns. Proletā′rianism, the condition of the poorest classes; Proletā′riat, -e, the lowest class. [L. proletarius (in ancient Rome), a citizen of the sixth and lowest class, who served the state not with his property, but with his children—proles, offspring.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proletarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proletarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of proletarian in a Sentence

  1. Gustave Flaubert:

    The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

  2. Mao Zedong:

    There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause.

  3. Raymond Chandler:

    It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.

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  • بروليتاريArabic
  • proletářskýCzech
  • Proletarierin, proletarisch, ProletarierGerman
  • προλεταριακός, προλετάριοςGreek
  • proletaria, proletarios, proletarias, proletarioSpanish
  • prolétarien, prolo, prolétaireFrench
  • proletárHungarian
  • պրոլետարArmenian
  • proletarioItalian
  • プロレタリアJapanese
  • пролетерски, пролетерMacedonian
  • пролетарский, пролетарийRussian

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