Meaning of proletariat
Pronunciation: (prō"li-târ'ē-ut), [key]
- the class of wage earners, esp. those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment; the working class.
- (in Marxist theory) the class of workers, esp. industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive.
- the lowest or poorest class of people, possessing no property, esp. in ancient Rome.
- proletariat (Thesaurus)