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employee

or em·ploy·e, em·ploy·é

[em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee]
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noun
  1. a person working for another person or a business firm for pay.

Origin of employee

1825–35; < French employé employed, past participle of employer to employ; see -ee
Related formspre·em·ploy·ee, nounpro·em·ploy·ee, adjective
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Examples from the Web for employe

Historical Examples

  • The employer and employe must realize that each must make profit.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • He should be willing to grant an audience to an employe and should work with him.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • The matter of associates is most important for the business man or employe to consider.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • Every employe who studies how much he can do is a help to an employer.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • Every employe who sees how little he can do is a hold-back to the institution.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter


British Dictionary definitions for employe

employee

sometimes US employe

noun
  1. a person who is hired to work for another or for a business, firm, etc, in return for paymentAlso called (esp formerly): employé
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Word Origin and History for employe

n.

"person employed," 1834, from French employé (fem. employée), noun use of past participle of employer (see employ).

employee

n.

"person employed," 1850, mainly in U.S. use, from employ + -ee.

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