em·​ploy·​er im-ˈplȯi-ər How to pronounce employer (audio)
plural employers
: one that employs or makes use of something or somebody
… it is one of the most aggressive employers of the dreaded pop-up ads that effloresce across one's video screen like a sudden and unpleasant rash …Christopher Orr
especially : a person or company that provides a job paying wages or a salary to one or more people
Private household workers usually work in pleasant and comfortable homes or apartments. Most are dayworkers who live in their own homes and travel to work. Some live in the home of their employer, generally with their own room and bath. Occupational Outlook Handbook
One of Hiroshima's main contributions to the post-war economic miracle of Japan is the Mazda car plant, the single largest employer in Hiroshima. Michael Dillon
… choose a classic health-insurance plan—if your employer still makes one available. Laura Johannes

Examples of employer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Statewide, employers added a net of just 5,200 jobs in April, down from 18,200 in March, according to California’s Employment Development Department. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 On the employer front, offering things like auto-enrollment and auto-escalation for retirement savings, for example, is one of the best ways to help employees’ financial wellness, Nason said. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 16 May 2024 The factors influencing satisfaction increases have included flexibility and work-life balance, especially among employees who have remained with their employers for more than three years. Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, The Conversation, 15 May 2024 Wages are low, but productivity lags Mexico raised its minimum wage by 20% for 2024, following an agreement between employers, labor representatives and the government. Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2024 In Japan, tips can imply that the employer does not provide adequate wages. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 15 May 2024 It is intended for people and employers, not for hospitals or nursing homes that have separate guidance, the CDC said. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 Benefits brokers, compensated by carriers, offer their services at no cost to employers. Summer Westerbur, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2024 The plans are funded primarily through employer contributions, which are tied to hours worked. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 4 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of employer was in 1595

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Cite this Entry

“Employer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employer. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: one that employs others

Legal Definition


: one that hires others to perform a service or engage in an activity in exchange for compensation see also respondeat superior
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