from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The class of industrial wage earners who, possessing neither capital nor production means, must earn their living by selling their labor.
- n. The poorest class of working people.
- n. The propertyless class of ancient Rome, constituting the lowest class of citizens.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The working class or lower class.
- n. The wage earners collectively, excluding salaried workers.
- n. In ancient Rome, the lowest class of citizens, who had no property.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The indigent class in the State; the body of proletarians.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as proletariate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
French prolétariat, from Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens; see proletarian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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") (Wiktionary)