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Definition of the noun employer

What does employer mean as a name of something?

Employer is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: employers

  1. a person or firm that employs workers
    • examples: Mary was given a raise by her employer. | Tim's employer promised him pie in the sky benefits. | The girl made off with her employer's money. | The employer imposed a heavy task on them. | And that's why for almost a hundred years, any employee has been able to go to his employer and insist on being paid in cash. | Bankruptcy is to the employer what dismissal is to the employee. | The employer was quite taken by her charm. | The employer made a new offer to the workers. | Our employer will not give way to our demands for higher wages. | His employer was sincerely grateful for his cooperation.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • antonym: employee
    • more generic word: leader = a person who rules or guides or inspires others
    • more specific terms:
      • hirer / boss = a person responsible for hiring workers
      • master = directs the work of others
      • mistress = a woman master who directs the work of others
      • padrone = an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.
      • Simon Legree / slave driver = a cruel employer who demands excessive work from the employees

Alternative definition of the noun employer


  1. A person, firm or other entity which pays for or hires the services of another person.


  1. Employer is a fictional film character.
  2. Employer is a fictional character from the 1939 film Smith.
  3. Employer is a fictional character from the 1989 film Akanksha.
  4. Employer is a fictional character from the 1955 film Missamma.
  5. Employer is a fictional character from the 1983 film Agar Tum Na Hote.
  6. Employer is a fictional character from the 2010 film Shadows and Lies.


The employer of this fictional character. Note that this can be either a wholly fictional employer or a real-world employer that has been used fictionally.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Employer

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Google previewBusiness Immigration Law (2000)

Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals by Rodney A. Malpert, Amanda Petersen

The employer is a nonprofit research organization or

Google previewAustralian Income Tax Legislation 2011: Taxation Administration Act (2011)

BENEFITS PROVIDED BY CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS TO BE EXEMPT 55 A benefit provided in respect ofthe employment of an employee of an employer is an exempt benefit if: (a) the employer is an organisation that, but ...

Google previewLabour Law in Bulgaria (2011)

by Vasil Mrŭchkov

employer is a corporate body, 'employer' not only comprises the corporate body as a whole, but also its subsidiary as well as...

Google previewTheories of the Labor Movement (1987)

by Simeon Larson, Bruce Nissen

Since the direct employer is the person or institution with whom the worker enters directly into a work contract in accordance with definite conditions, we must understand as the indirect employer many different factors, other than the direct ...

Google previewNewcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Chicago (2004)

Including Evanston, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wheaton, and Naperville by First Books, Mark Wukas

The town's largest employer is the corporate headquarters of telecommunications firm, Andrews Corporation, followed by School District 1 35.

Google previewThe Managed Health Care Dictionary (1998)

by Richard Rognehaugh

according to contract or terms of employment Employee Retirement Income Security Act — see ERISA employee welfare plan — see ERISA plan employer — a fairly wide definition, patterned after the entities listed within the 1938 Fair Labor ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

by Ross M. Mullner

Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Coverage In the United States, obtaining health insurance coverage through an individual's employer has historically been the most common mechanism for individuals under age 65, although ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Business (2009)

by W. Davis Folsom, Rick Boulware

An employer cannot discharge an employee who wishes to take advantage of the FMLA. Finally, the CONSUMER CREDIT PROTECTION ACT prohibits the discharge of employees on the basis of garnishment of wages. States can also enact ...

Google previewNolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law (2016)

Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions by Shae Irving, Nolo Editors

If one employee is harassing another through the company's email or telephone system, for example, the employer has a legal obligation to look into it, which might require monitoring employee communications. And employers have a ...

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Quotes about Employer

Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace. (Frederick W. Taylor)
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Scrabble value of E1M3P3L1O1Y4E1R1

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of EMPLOYER

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