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or em·ploy·e, em·ploy·é

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

member, laborer, clerk, worker, agent, representative, operator, attendant, plug, slave, help, servant, assistant, hireling, domestic, hand, breadwinner, salesperson, cog, jobholder

Examples from the Web for employee

Contemporary Examples of employee

Historical Examples of employee

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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