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employer

[em-ploi-er] /ɛmˈplɔɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or business that employs one or more people, especially for wages or salary:
a fair employer.
2.
a person or thing that makes use of or occupies someone or something:
an inadequate employer of one's time.
Origin of employer
1590-1600
1590-1600; employ + -er1
Related forms
preemployer, noun
proemployer, adjective
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employer

/ɪmˈplɔɪə/
noun
1.
a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
2.
a person who employs; user
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Word Origin and History for employer
n.

1590s, agent noun from employ.

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