el obrero, la obrera(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
1. (employee)
a. worker
Los obreros están dispuestos a formar huelga en defensa de sus derechos.The workers are prepared to go on strike to defend their rights.
b. laborer
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Es el gerente de la fábrica quien asigna las tareas a los obreros.It is the factory manager who assigns tasks to laborers.
c. labourer (United Kingdom)
Los obreros tienen que llevar equipos de protección en la obra.The labourers have to wear protective gear at the construction site.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (relative to workers)
a. working
La clase obrera surgió a raíz de la Revolución Industrial.The working class emerged as a result of the Industrial Revolution.
b. working-class
Vive en un barrio obrero.He lives in a working-class neighborhood.
c. labor
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Los sindicatos obreros y la patronal han llegado finalmente a un acuerdo.Labor unions and employers have finally reached an agreement.
d. labour (United Kingdom)
El movimiento obrero se proponía mejorar las condiciones de vida de los trabajadores.The labour movement set out to improve workers' living conditions.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
clase obreraworking class
movimiento obrerolabor movement
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (en fábrica)
a. worker
3. (en obra)
a. workman, laborer
obrero calificadoskilled worker
obrero de la construcciónconstruction worker
obreroa obrera
[+clase] working; [+movimiento] labour; labor; (EEUU)
condiciones obreras working conditions
(empleado) worker; (peón) labourer; laborer; (EEUU)
obrero/a autónomo/a self-employed worker
obrero/a cualificado/a skilled worker
obrero/a escenógrafo/a stagehand
obrero/a especializado/a skilled worker
obrero/a portuario/a dock worker
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