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 Understanding yourself and the prospective employer will empower you to make an informed decision. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 17 July 2024 In Nantong, authorities were tipped off by an online public litigation group, which said some employers in the city had given pregnancy tests to job seekers. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 17 July 2024 During the pilot year, employers contributed almost $2 million toward member costs, Monteiro said. Kiersten Hacker, Baltimore Sun, 16 July 2024 By the numbers: Minnesota's minimum wage on Jan. 1 increased to $10.85 an hour for large employers and $8.85 for small employers. Nick Halter, Axios, 16 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for employer 

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Word History

First Known Use

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 23 Jul. 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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