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 Dictionary entry overview: What does white-collar mean? 

WHITE-COLLAR (adjective)
  The adjective WHITE-COLLAR has 1 sense:

1. of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers

  Familiarity information: WHITE-COLLAR used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WHITE-COLLAR (adjective)

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Of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers

Context example:

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


clerical (appropriate for or engaged in office work)

professional (engaged in by members of a profession)

pink-collar (of or relating to a class of jobs once traditionally filled by women)


skilled (having or showing or requiring special skill)


blue-collar (of or designating manual industrial work or workers)

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