em·​ploy·​er | \ im-ˈplȯi-ər How to pronounce employer (audio) , em- \
plural employers

Definition of employer

: 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

First Known Use of employer

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of employer was in 1595

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“Employer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employer. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of employer

: a person or company that has people who do work for wages or a salary : a person or company that has employees


em·​ploy·​er | \ im-ˈplȯi-ər \

Kids Definition of employer

: a person or business that pays others for their services



Legal Definition of employer

: 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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