What does the word proletariat mean?

Usage examples for proletariat

  1. The proposal for a sudden dictatorship of the proletariat is an attempt to do away with the intervening time of preparation; the resistance to all sharing of responsibility an attempt to deny the alteration of human capacity in the course of time. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  2. As our numbers grow, farms become relatively scarce, and a class of tenant farmers and an agricultural proletariat develop. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl