[ em-ploi-er ]
/ ɛmˈplɔɪ ər /


a person or business that employs one or more people, especially for wages or salary: a fair employer.
a person or thing that makes use of or occupies someone or something: an inadequate employer of one's time.

Origin of employer

First recorded in 1590–1600; employ + -er1

Related forms

pre·em·ploy·er, nounpro·em·ploy·er, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for employer


/ (ɪmˈplɔɪə) /


a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
a person who employs; user

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