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[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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Examples from the web for employe
  • The employe worked for the employer, a catering service, for approximately two months as a chef.
  • The employe worked for the employer, an orchard, for about a year and a half.
  • The employe worked for about two years as a machine operator for the employer, a manufacturer of tools.
  • The employe was hired as a law clerk for the employer, a private attorney.
  • The employe's attorney wrote back that the employe had not quit but had not yet been released for work by his physician.
  • The employe denied that he was smoking in the plant on the date in question.
  • The employe claimed he was out of his work area by mistake because of medications he was taking.
  • The employe who will be responsible for supervision decides to accept or deny placement.
  • If the supervising employe denies placement, the academic coordinator will contact other placement choices.
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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