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 for employers
Labour markets function through the interaction of workers and employers.
Industrial employers were left heavily dependent on their firms.
Agriculture and related industry, as well as retail, are the main employers.
Employers generally allow breaks for tea and sometimes biscuits to be served.
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