a person or business that employs one or more people, especially for wages or salary: a fair employer.
a person or thing that makes use of or occupies someone or something: an inadequate employer of one's time.

1590–1600; employ + -er1

preemployer, noun
proemployer, adjective
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employer (ɪmˈplɔɪə)
1.  a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
2.  a person who employs; user

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Word Origin & History

1590s, agent noun from employ.
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Example sentences
Your job search is not your employer's official business.
Do not call or e-mail to ask if the employer has received your application.
Workers put part of their pre-tax earnings into funds they choose from a range
  offered by their employer.
You're going to have to add whatever it takes to give your next employer a
  great first impression in a stack of hundreds.
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