noun Date: 14th century 1. a. one that works especially at manual or industrial labor or with a particular material <
a factory worker
— often used in combination b. a member of the working class 2. any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps, or termites that perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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