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[em-ploi-er] /ɛmˈplɔɪ ər/
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
Related forms
preemployer, noun
proemployer, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The employer mandate is one of the thornier issues to be resolved in health care legislation.
  • Ask your employer to verify your release from employment.
  • Workers do become less invested in acquiring firm-specific skills, and may have less loyalty and investment in their employer.
  • Lester called her former employer about the money, but officials at the shelter did not want to discuss it.
  • Suddenly, in a little less than a second, a potential employer or colleague can learn a lot about you.
  • If your employer gets word that you're browsing, you'll be kicked up to the top of the boot list.
British Dictionary definitions for employer


a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
a person who employs; user
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Word Origin and History for employer

1590s, agent noun from employ.

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