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 formspre·em·ploy·er, nounpro·em·ploy·er, adjective
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Examples from the Web for employer

Contemporary Examples of employer

Historical Examples of employer

  • My whole study and aim was to do right—to be just to my hands and do my duty to my employer.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • Would his employer be so kind as to excuse him for an hour, if convenient?

  • As for the "Christian employer," he did not know of it to tell.

  • He fired his volley of explanation at his employer with the rapidity of a Maxim gun.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The cashier had always considered his employer a hard man, and, in truth, who hadn't?


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for employer



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

1590s, agent noun from employ.

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