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Suffix of arbeta (“work”) + -are (“-er”), inherited from Old Swedish arbeidare. Attested since the 15th century. Cognate with Danish arbejder, Dutch arbeider and German Arbeiter.
Insect sense; attested since 1860.
- a worker; one who does work, often as part of an employment.
- a blue-collar worker; someone who perform manual labour
- Antonym: tjänsteman (“white collar worker”)
- (strongly dated, uncountable) A collective term for all employees in a society. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)
- (insect) a worker
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