employee

noun
em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē, (ˌ)em-; im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē, em- \
variants: or less commonly employe

Definition of employee 

: one employed by another usually for wages or salary and in a position below the executive level

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Synonyms & Antonyms for employee

Synonyms

hand, hireling, jobholder, retainer, worker

Antonyms

employer, gaffer [British]

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Examples of employee in a Sentence

A good boss listens to his employees. The company has more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

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That’s one of the major conclusions in a new report issued by AI Now, a research group home to employees from tech companies like Microsoft and Google and affiliated with New York University. James Vincent, The Verge, "When algorithms go wrong we need more power to fight back, say AI researchers," 8 Dec. 2018 Her father, Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), needs to find the cop responsible for releasing a video of his employees duping someone into committing a crime. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Blue Bloods' Sneak Peak Hints That a Character Is Leaving the Show," 7 Dec. 2018 Just then, a young French employee of Kul Kul, their son Orin's permaculture venture (the whole family's in on the green game), stops by to discuss his latest bamboo workshop and snaps us out of our reverie. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Enrico Moretti, an economics professor at the University of California-Berkeley, has estimated that in addition to new Amazon employees, HQ2 could bring up to 250,000 additional indirect jobs to the winning city. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 The internet stays updated on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's lives (as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's) through the official Kensington Palace account, which is run by their employees. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Made Her Return to Social Media in a Sneaky Way," 29 Oct. 2018 Hint, hint: Destination Good is reportedly a city that JetBlue currently serves and where many of the company's employees currently live. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s The Incredible Reason JetBlue Is Giving Away Free Flights This November," 18 Oct. 2018 Today Blumhouse has more than 40 full-time employees, and the building is bursting at the seams. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 There was a seemingly infinite number of Tata Harper employees running in circles around the table, pumping creams and serums into our cupped palms every couple of minutes. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "6 Things I Learned From Natural Skin-Care Legend Tata Harper," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of employee

1822, in the meaning defined above

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employee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of employee

: a person who works for another person or for a company for wages or a salary

employee

noun
em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯi-ˈē \

Kids Definition of employee

: a person who is paid to work for another

employee

noun
em·​ploy·​ee
variants: also employe

Legal Definition of employee 

: a person usually below the executive level who is hired by another to perform a service especially for wages or salary and is under the other's control — see also respondeat superior — compare independent contractor

Note: In determining whether an individual is an employee, courts look at several factors, including the nature of the compensation paid, provision for employee benefits, whether the hired party is in business, tax treatment of the hired party, source of the equipment used, and location of the work. Statutes, such as workers' compensation acts and labor laws, usually include a definition of employee as it is used in the statute.

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