Of, relating to, or characteristic of the proletariat.
A member of the proletariat; a worker.
[From Latin prōlētārius, belonging to the lowest class of Roman citizens (viewed as contributing to the state only through having children), from prōlēs, offspring; see al-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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