employee

noun
em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē How to pronounce employee (audio) , (ˌ)em-; im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē, em- How to pronounce employee (audio) \
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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But if an employee or customer feels unsafe, the store workers should call law enforcement. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Retailers Walk Thin Line by Asking, Not Telling, Shoppers Not to Carry Guns," 9 Sep. 2019 Homer allegedly misappropriated the information, obtained from his then-girlfriend, an Ulta employee who wasn’t identified in the lawsuit. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "SEC lawsuit alleges insider information on Ulta Beauty was used to net $100,000-plus in stock gains," 6 Sep. 2019 The state transportation employee, who had been working to place a road sign, heard the squealing of brakes. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "She Leapt From a Moving Car to Escape Her Rapist. Then, She Waited 18 Years for an Arrest.," 6 Sep. 2019 That amounts to around 100 employees, most of whom worked out of Native Instruments' Berlin headquarters. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Native Instruments Cuts 20% of Staff in Restructuring," 5 Sep. 2019 Montes, an employee at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, experienced the devastation of Saturday’s shooting firsthand. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Thank-You Note Left on Odessa Police Officer's Car Leads to Emotional Meeting," 5 Sep. 2019 An employee who answered the phone at that gas station Tuesday said the complaint was wrong. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "More than 2,400 price gouging complaints made as Dorian approached Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 Augsburg University is suing its dining service vendor over a 2017 fire that reportedly started when an employee placed oily rags in a dryer. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Augsburg lawsuit blames Roseville dining contractor for $1.3M fire," 3 Sep. 2019 Several employees, including the former CEO, have since pled guilty. Rebecca Tan, Longreads, "Paul Clarke Wants to Live," 3 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce employee (audio) \

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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