em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē How to pronounce employee (audio) , (ˌ)em-; im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē, em- How to pronounce employee (audio) \
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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Examples of employee in a Sentence

A good boss listens to his employees. The company has more than 2,000 employees worldwide.
Recent Examples on the Web In one case, the career center heard from a Black female business-school student who said that a white employee, who was also a Harvard alum, expressed surprise during an interview at her professionalism. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 28 July 2022 One employee of Dominion, Eric Coomer, is also suing the network. New York Times, 26 July 2022 One Fed employee, who had access to Federal Reserve Board data, provided statistical modeling code to a Chinese University with ties to China’s central bank. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 One Fed employee attempted to transfer large data sets from the Fed to an external site on two separate occasions. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 26 July 2022 Should one the tickets win the jackpot, every employee of the fast food chain could walk away with thousands of dollars, Raising Cane's said in a news release provided to CBS News. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 25 July 2022 The employee, who had reportedly been at the company for seven years, was recently fired for violating employment and data security policies, Google told CNN. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 25 July 2022 If any of the tickets win the massive prize – it’s now up to $810 million – every employee will receive thousands of dollars. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 25 July 2022 This spring, the commission also asked Gunstock’s general manager, Tom Day, for the personal contact information of every Gunstock employee. Bill Donahue, BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of employee

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Employee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employee. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for employee


em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯi-ˈē How to pronounce employee (audio) \

Kids Definition of employee

: a person who is paid to work for another


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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