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.

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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Examples from the Web for employees

Contemporary Examples of employees

Historical Examples of employees

  • Here the employees are served with a warm dinner at prices varying from 2d.

  • It was the first time in many years that one of the employees had been thus accused of theft.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The railroad can do it, to restrain its employees from striking.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But he could sleep with a clear conscience as he had always acted as a friend to his employees.


    Emile Zola

  • He presumably knew all the employees of his company by sight.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

British Dictionary definitions for employees


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 employees



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

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