employer

noun

em·​ploy·​er im-ˈplȯi-ər How to pronounce employer (audio)
em-
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

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 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

employer

noun

em·​ploy·​er
im-ˈplȯi(-ə)r
: one that employs others

Legal Definition

employer

noun

em·​ploy·​er
: 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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