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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In October, the company laid off a few hundred employees, and announced salary and wage cuts across the board. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future dealt potentially crippling blow while almost out of cash," 30 Nov. 2018 More than 300 Google employees have signed a public letter condemning the potential search product. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg asked for George Soros research," 30 Nov. 2018 The Department of Education doesn’t have a full-time employee to investigate borrowers’ complaints, according to The New York Times, and more than 100,000 claims are pending. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Former Seattle student suing DeVos over student debt incurred at deceptive for-profit school," 28 Nov. 2018 Started by one of WeWork’s early employees, the company says its mission is to create affordable housing stock by building modular prefab rooms that can be rapidly installed inside another building. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Co-living’ in an abandoned mall? This startup is making it happen," 20 Nov. 2018 Yeah, Intrepid looks after employees, looks after the environment, looks after the communities, and travels and governs itself in the right way. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Leigh Barnes of the Intrepid Group on Being a More Conscious Traveler," 16 Nov. 2018 And last year, de Blasio passed legislation that prohibits employers from asking a prospective employee’s salary history—a tactic that historically has kept women’s salaries lower. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Is Making Her Hometown the Best Place on Earth for Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Today, Veterati has 11,000 users, and has partnered with companies such as USAA, Microsoft, Oracle, and Lincoln Financial Group to help attract and retain employees who’ve served. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 In an Alford plea, Sahagun maintained the company’s innocence, claiming a former employee embezzled from the business. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "State drops charges against Tacos Guaymas owner accused of tax theft," 13 Nov. 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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