worker

noun
work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

Definition of worker

1a : one that works especially at manual or industrial labor or with a particular material a factory worker often used in combination
b : a member of the working class
2 : any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps, or termites that perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony

Examples of worker in a Sentence

The company is planning to hire 200 workers. The average worker earned $1,000 more this year. If management doesn't make the changes, the workers will go on strike. They are both hard workers.
Recent Examples on the Web The company’s profit was flat from a year ago, however, as costs for worker wages, animal feed, utilities, packaging and transportation rose, the company said. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Shelling at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station damaged three radiation monitors and injured one worker. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2022 But once during the previous week, and again on Monday, a Salvation Army staffer and a city Parks and Recreation worker told Russell and Branson to stop serving food. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 Moreover, Grady hospital officials rejected the complaints as vague charges coming from outsiders, allegations that are not consistent with the history of management-worker relations. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 7 Aug. 2022 The price of rides may have increased, but not at the same rate as worker’s expenses, said Cameron. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 Stephanie Bolman — a breast cancer patient, former health care worker and council member for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe — was traveling through the area and decided to visit the No Worries shop. Arielle Zionts, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2022 An Illinois day-care worker has tested positive for monkeypox, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday, but no other cases have been reported there. Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 5 Aug. 2022 The initiative is backed by the hospitality worker union Unite Here Local 11, which had gathered enough signatures to place it before voters. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'worker.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of worker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Learn More About worker

Time Traveler for worker

Time Traveler

The first known use of worker was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near worker

worked up

worker

worker cell

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for worker

Last Updated

10 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Worker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worker. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for worker

worker

noun
work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

Kids Definition of worker

1 : a person who works cafeteria workers He's a good worker.
2 : one of the members of a colony of bees, ants, wasps, or termites that do most of the work of the colony

More from Merriam-Webster on worker

Nglish: Translation of worker for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of worker for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about worker

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!