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or employe, employé

[em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee, em-ploi-ee] /ɛmˈplɔɪ i, ɛm plɔɪˈi, ˌɛm plɔɪˈi/
a person working for another person or a business firm for pay.
Origin of employee
1825-35; < French employé employed, past participle of employer to employ; see -ee
Related forms
preemployee, noun
proemployee, adjective Unabridged
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  • Dinan returned at this juncture, and in reply to a question, ordered his employe to hitch up the white horse.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • An employe recovers his wages from his employer for his services rendered.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • For the employe there is nothing better to possess than double equipment, by which we mean the ability to do two things well.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • The employer and employe must realize that each must make profit.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • First: Shall we prepare a bill that is compulsory upon the part of the employer and optional as to the employe?

  • The matter of associates is most important for the business man or employe to consider.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • If after the employe strikes a balance each day, he finds that he is moving forward, then he is on the road to success.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • It seems to me there ought to be work for a man who is able and willing to be an employe.

  • Have every employe pulling on the same center tugs and have them all face forward, and your vehicle will move forward.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • The right of the employe to work or not to work with non-union men.

    30,000 Locked Out. James C. Beeks
British Dictionary definitions for employe


/ɛmˈplɔɪiː; ˌɛmplɔɪˈiː/
a person who is hired to work for another or for a business, firm, etc, in return for payment Also called (esp formerly) employé
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Word Origin and History for employe

"person employed," 1834, from French employé (fem. employée), noun use of past participle of employer (see employ).



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

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