[ self-em-ploid, self- ]
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  1. earning one's living directly from one's own profession or business, as a freelance writer or artist, rather than as an employee earning salary or commission from another.

Origin of self-employed

First recorded in 1945–50

Words Nearby self-employed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-employed in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for self-employed


  1. earning one's living in one's own business or through freelance work, rather than as the employee of another

Derived forms of self-employed

  • self-employment, noun

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