employer

[ em-ploi-er ]
/ ɛmˈplɔɪ ər /

noun

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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of employer

First recorded in 1590–1600; employ + -er1

Related formspre·em·ploy·er, nounpro·em·ploy·er, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for employer

employer

/ (ɪmˈplɔɪə) /

noun

a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
a person who employs; user
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Word Origin and History for employer

employer

n.

1590s, agent noun from employ.

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