Meaning of proletary in English:

proletary

noun

rare
  • Proletarian.

    In early use also (occasionally): a person whose chief or only responsibility is to produce offspring.

Pronunciation

proletary

/ˈprəʊlɪt(ə)ri/ /ˈprɒlɪt(ə)ri/

adjective

rare
  • Proletarian.

Pronunciation

proletary

/ˈprəʊlɪt(ə)ri/ /ˈprɒlɪt(ə)ri/

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Rogers (c1553–1616), religious controversialist and Church of England clergyman. From classical Latin prōlētārius (adjective) belonging to the lowest class of citizens, common, vulgar, (as noun) Roman citizen of the lowest class, person who served the state not with his property but only with his offspring, probably from prōlēs + -ārius, with inserted -t- (probably on the model of adjectives in -tārius, as elementārius, voluntārius).