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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
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  • employees pour in and say hello to each other as they swipe their employee cards.
  • All was good except that the building lacked a cafeteria for its employees.
  • But the financial backers also watched out for their employees' spiritual welfare.
  • As he looked around the room, he noted that my employees seemed happy.
  • And now he is playing the doddering, out-of-touch old fool who was betrayed by his feckless employees.
  • employees are to take the proper measures to keep from contaminating the peanuts at all times after they have been roasted.
  • Phones give phone company employees a record of who you've been calling.
  • Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of work.
  • High bandwidths are required for this as employers will require monitoring to insure that their employees are actually working.
  • First you can tell when it is the fan club, or employees, that post by what they say.
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
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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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