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

Origin of employee

First recorded in 1825–35; from French employé “employed,” past participle of employer to employ; see -ee
  • Rarely em·ploy·e, em·ploy·é .

Other words from employee

  • pre·em·ploy·ee, noun
  • pro·em·ploy·ee, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for employee


sometimes US employe

/ (ɛmˈplɔɪiː, ˌɛmplɔɪˈiː) /

  1. 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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