What does white-collar mean?

Definitions for white-collar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. white-collaradjective

    of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers

    "the coal miner's son aspired to a white-collar occupation as a bookkeeper"


  1. white-collaradjective

    Of or pertaining to office work and workers; contrasted with blue-collar.

  2. white-collaradjective

    Pertaining to the culture of white-collar workers, as values, politics, etc.; contrasted with blue-collar.

  3. Etymology: 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.


  1. white-collar

    White-collar generally refers to work or workers who are typically involved in professional, managerial, or administrative tasks in an office setting, rather than manual labor or blue-collar jobs. They are named so because they traditionally wore formal, white-collared shirts. It often implies a higher social class or high-income level due to the level of education and training required for these jobs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of white-collar in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of white-collar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of white-collar in a Sentence

  1. Anne Richards:

    White collar crime is extremely difficult to prosecute, especially in finance, due to its complexity.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    At a time when nearly 14% of Americans do not have a full-time job and when the middle class is working longer hours for lower wages, I oppose a massive increase in temporary guest worker programs that will allow large corporations to import hundreds of thousands of blue-collar and white-collar workers from overseas.

  3. Kim Heung-kwang:

    They are handpicked, it is a great honour for them. It is a white-collar job there and people have fantasies about it.

  4. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Dilapidated condition of Indian economy is such these days that first there are no Jobs and whatever little vacancy you see in newspaper is that for driver, fitter, welder, electricians, accounts assistants, teachers but nothing for white collar mainly for MBAs, B Tech or highly qualified people. No job advertisement is seen from Mutual Fund, Insurance, Banking or Big Industries. Governments jobs are almost never seen

  5. Kim Heung-kwang:

    They are handpicked, it is a great honor for them. It is a white-collar job there and people have fantasies about it.

Translations for white-collar

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  • valkokaulus-Finnish
  • col blancFrench
  • ホワイトカラーJapanese
  • 화이트칼라Korean
  • канцела́рискиMacedonian
  • witteboorden-Dutch
  • «[[бе́лый]] [[воротничо́к]]», канцеля́рский, чистый, о́фисный, конто́рскийRussian

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