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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.
Also, employe, employé.
1825-35; < French employé employed, past participle of employer to employ; see -ee
Related forms
preemployee, noun
proemployee, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Either they could choose to be converted from a generously-paid contractor to a less-well-compensated government employee.
  • The agreement was proposed by a longtime employee of the school who serves on the board of the health and hospitals corporation.
  • The vast majority have only one paid employee: the owner.
  • If an employee reports that everything is fine, and you get another no-match letter the next year, you know it is not fine.
  • Studies show how doing so increases employee participation.
  • The school is obsessed with rankings, says an employee.
  • Outline your expectations in terms of employee recycling of paper, cardboard, foam items and plastic bottles.
  • Rather it was how much control an employee had over the work he did and how he did it.
  • employees pour in and say hello to each other as they swipe their employee cards.
  • Network carriers have railed for decades about the power of their employee unions.
British Dictionary definitions for employee


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for employee

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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