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or em·ploy·e, em·ploy·é

[em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee]
  1. a person working for another person or a business firm for pay.
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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 employes

Historical Examples

  • Unscrupulous employers often endeavor to control the votes of their employes.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • It is said that one-third of the employes in the State House are women.

  • In some of the unskilled departments fifty per cent of the employes are black.

  • These two employes and I took a cab to the hotel where we have stopped.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • Acquaint yourself with the operations of other employes in similar work.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for employes


sometimes US employe

  1. 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 employes



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

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