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or employe, employé

[em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee] /ɛmˈplɔɪ i, ɛm plɔɪˈi, ˌɛm plɔɪˈi/
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 forms
preemployee, noun
proemployee, adjective Unabridged
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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
  • A cool head is wonderful capital for an employer or an employe.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • An employe recovers his wages from his employer for his services rendered.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • In her desire to propitiate her employe she is herself almost servile.

    The Expert Maid-Servant Cristine Terhune Herrick
  • There he showed it to his father, who was an employe in the convict prison there.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • But the interstate-commerce bill does not shut out the employe!

British Dictionary definitions for employe


/ɛmˈplɔɪiː; ˌɛmplɔɪˈiː/
a person who is hired to work for another or for a business, firm, etc, in return for payment Also called (esp formerly) employé
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Word Origin and History for employe

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



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

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