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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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  • The employees of the store poured their woes into his ears; and never in vain.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford
  • Certainly, the production of the employees from the peninsula had been climbing.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • They take the best they can find, and the higher the standard of the firm the greater the care expended in choosing the employees.

  • These farmers number about 250 and are employees of the Indian service.

    The Indian Today Charles A. Eastman
  • “Pass-outs” are given to all employees who enter or leave the store after closing hours.

    The Crimson Thread Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for employees


/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 employees



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

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