or em·ploy·e, em·ploy·é

[em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee]
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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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Contemporary Examples of employee

Historical Examples of employee

  • She pretended that at first she took young Bines for what we all took him, an employee of the mine.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • An employee who had come down with them started to be their guide.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Dressed as one of the miners they took him to be an employee.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Peculiarly appropriate in an employee when addressing an employer.

  • Then will the employer and employee find a common ground on which each can benefit.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

British Dictionary definitions for employee


sometimes US employe

  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 employee

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

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