or em·ploy·e, em·ploy·é

[em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee]


a person working for another person or a business firm for pay.

Nearby words

  1. emplectite,
  2. emplore,
  3. employ,
  4. employable,
  5. employe,
  6. employee association,
  7. employer,
  8. employers' association,
  9. employment,
  10. employment agency

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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British Dictionary definitions for employee


sometimes US employe


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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