• (America) enPR: 'prōlĭʹtârēət, IPA: /ˌpɹoʊlɪˈtɛəɹi.ət/

proletariat (plural proletariats)

  1. The working class or lower class.
  2. The wage earners collectively, excluding salaried workers.
  3. (history) In ancient Rome, the lowest class of citizens, who had no property; "regarded as contributing nothing to the state but offspring" (OED, 1992).
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