An employee is someone who's hired to do a particular job for pay. If you like to shop in a certain store, you might also enjoy being an employee there.

You can see the verb employ, meaning "put to use," in employee. You can employ a pen in writing a letter, just as a grocery store might employ workers to collect the shopping carts from the parking lot. A person who is put to work is an employee. Employee implies that the worker reports to a boss, and it's most commonly used for non-executives who work for a salary.

Definitions of employee

n a worker who is hired to perform a job

a person or firm that employs workers
Paul Bunyan
a legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States and Canada
Ali Baba
the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
a Jewish priest and scribe sent by the Persian king to restore Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem
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barkeep, barkeeper, barman, bartender, mixologist
an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar
an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
company man
an employee whose first loyalty is to the company rather than to fellow workers
copyist, scribe, scrivener
someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts
a person employed to write advertising or publicity copy
a member of a work crew
deliverer, delivery boy, deliveryman
someone employed to make deliveries
dining-room attendant, restaurant attendant
someone employed to provide service in a dining room
employee of a transportation company who controls the departures of vehicles according to weather conditions and in the interest of efficient service
dog catcher
an employee of a municipal pound who is hired to round up stray dogs and cats
an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
floorwalker, shopwalker
an employee of a retail store who supervises sales personnel and helps with customer problems
someone employed to work in a garden
someone employed by a gas company
an employee whose duties include running errands
a newly hired employee
hired help
employee hired for domestic or farm work (often used in the singular to refer to several employees collectively)
hireling, pensionary
a person who works only for money
an employee who holds a regular job
line worker
an employee who works on an assembly line
a worker in a livery stable
office boy
a young man who is employed to do odd jobs in a business office
organization man
an employee who sacrifices his own individuality for the good of an organization
Pullman porter, porter
a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
potboy, potman
a worker in an inn or public house who serves customers and does various chores
public servant
someone who holds a government position (either by election or appointment)
a person employed to keep a record of the owners of stocks and bonds issued by the company
sales rep, sales representative, salesperson
a person employed to represent a business and to sell its merchandise (as to customers in a store or to customers who are visited)
a person with advertising boards hanging from the shoulders
a worker employed to apply spots (as markers or identifiers)
a worker employed at a dry-cleaning establishment to remove spots
staff member, staffer
an employee who is a member of a staff of workers (especially a member of the staff that works for the President of the United States)
stage technician, stagehand
an employee of a theater who performs work involved in putting on a theatrical production
stock-taker, stocktaker
an employee whose job is to take inventory
an employee who sweeps (floors or streets etc.)
toll agent, toll collector, toll taker, toller, tollgatherer, tollkeeper, tollman
someone employed to collect tolls
railroad man, railroader, railway man, railwayman, trainman
an employee of a railroad
one employed to control water supply by turning water mains on and off
someone paid to operate a typewriter
working man, working person, workingman, workman
an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
a workman who excavates for foundations of buildings or for quarrying
a female bartender
blaster, chargeman
a workman employed to blast with explosives
a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes
busboy, waiter's assistant
a restaurant attendant who sets tables and assists waiters and clears away dirty dishes
captain, headwaiter, maitre d', maitre d'hotel
a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
carrier, newsboy
a boy who delivers newspapers
someone who delivers coal
demonstrator, sales demonstrator
someone who demonstrates an article to a prospective buyer
desk clerk, hotel clerk, hotel desk clerk
a hotel receptionist
earner, wage earner
someone who earn wages in return for their labor
file clerk, filer, filing clerk
a clerk who is employed to maintain the files of an organization
a workman who fulls (cleans and thickens) freshly woven cloth for a living
gas fitter
a workman who installs and repairs gas fixtures and appliances
grocery boy
a delivery boy for groceries
groundkeeper, groundskeeper, groundsman
someone who maintains the grounds (of an estate or park or athletic field)
guest worker, guestworker
a person with temporary permission to work in another country
a workman who heaves freight or bulk goods (especially at a dockyard)
a gardener who takes care of and trims hedges
someone who cuts and delivers ice
kitchen help
help hired to work in the kitchen
jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer
someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
a workman who laces shoes or footballs or books (during binding)
a workman who puts up laths
one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
carrier, letter carrier, mail carrier, mailman, postman
a man who delivers the mail
someone who delivers milk
factory worker, mill-hand
a workman in a mill or factory
workman employed by a moving company
bagger, boxer, packer
a workman employed to pack things into containers
a boy who sells or delivers newspapers
a clerk or bureaucrat who does paperwork
a workman who pastes
pencil pusher, penpusher
a clerk who does boring paperwork
mapper, plotter
a clerk who marks data on a chart
mail clerk, postal clerk
a clerk in a post office
property man, property master, propman
member of the stage crew in charge of properties
publican, tavern keeper
the keeper of a public house
disinfestation officer, rat-catcher
a workman employed to destroy or drive away vermin
road mender, roadman
a workman who is employed to repair roads
a workman employed to make rounds (to deliver goods or make inspections or so on)
clerk, salesclerk, shop assistant, shop clerk
a salesperson in a store
salesgirl, saleslady, saleswoman
a woman salesperson
a man salesperson
sceneshifter, shifter
a stagehand responsible for moving scenery
a workman who uses a tool for scratching
a clerk in a betting shop who calculates the winnings
a workman who uses shears to cut leather or metal or textiles
shipping clerk
an employee who ships and receives goods
a railroad employee in charge of signals and point in a railroad yard
caseworker, social worker, welfare worker
someone employed to provide social services (especially to the disadvantaged)
a clerk who sorts things (as letters at the post office)
a workman employed to collect sponges
a workman whose job is to form or cut out by applying a mold or die (either by hand or by operating a stamping machine)
tally clerk, tallyman
one who keeps a tally of quantity or weight of goods produced or shipped or received
a clerk who keeps track of the hours worked by employees
a skilled typist who can type a document without looking at the keyboard
utility man
a workman expected to serve in any capacity when called on
server, waiter
a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
warehouseman, warehouser
a workman who manages or works in a warehouse
a workman who wets the work in a manufacturing process
worker in a railway yard
train dispatcher, trainmaster, yardmaster
a railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard
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a person who works at a specific occupation

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