- 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
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Related Wordsfirm, management, corporation, company, executive, boss, entrepreneur, manager, owner, organization, manufacturer, head, supervisor, patron, proprietor, outfit, director, juice, chief, businessperson
Examples from the Web for employer
He emphasized that employing people with IDD is a triple win: the employer, the employee, and the federal government all benefit.Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business
October 27, 2014
Historically, and today, how well a home care worker is treated depends entirely on the employer.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
Nor is it surprising that the employer of the accused has neither fired the alleged perpetrator nor denounced the trial.Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?
October 8, 2014
The Japanese judges have established that yakuza bosses have “employer liability” for the actions of their subordinates.The Case of the Yakking Yakuza
September 16, 2014
When he looked for a job in the business world, he said no employer seemed to respect his degree.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
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
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.
The cashier had always considered his employer a hard man, and, in truth, who hadn't?
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper