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[em-ploi-er] /ɛmˈplɔɪ ər/
a person or business that employs one or more people, especially for wages or salary:
a fair employer.
a person or thing that makes use of or occupies someone or something:
an inadequate employer of one's time.
Origin of employer
First recorded in 1590-1600; employ + -er1
Related forms
preemployer, noun
proemployer, adjective Unabridged
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  • My whole study and aim was to do right—to be just to my hands and do my duty to my employer.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Would his employer be so kind as to excuse him for an hour, if convenient?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • As for the "Christian employer," he did not know of it to tell.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • He fired his volley of explanation at his employer with the rapidity of a Maxim gun.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The cashier had always considered his employer a hard man, and, in truth, who hadn't?

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for employer


a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
a person who employs; user
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Word Origin and History for employer

1590s, agent noun from employ.

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