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 Some employers are trying to work with this slacking trend rather than against it, instituting flexible work policies in the summer including shorter Friday hours, more work-from-home options, and asynchronous schedules or four-day workweeks. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 29 May 2024 Most employers currently require that employees work in office a certain number of days, with 38% enforcing a minimum of three days per week. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 29 May 2024 In places like Japan, short-handed employers have moved to alleviate work loads by using robots and computerized ordering in restaurants, cutting hours and installing self-checkout machines. Elaine Kurtenbach, Fortune Asia, 28 May 2024 By July 28, the payments diminished, and the employers began paying only partial amounts. Mathew Miranda, Sacramento Bee, 28 May 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 13 Jun. 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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