Definition: Employment

From New World Encyclopedia


From employ (itself from Middle French employer, from Middle French empleier, from Latin implicō (enfold, involve, be connected with), itself from in- + plicō (fold) + -ment.


employment (countable and uncountable, plural employments)

  1. The work or occupation for which one is used, and often paid.
  2. The act of employing; the act of putting a person to work.
  3. A use, purpose.
    The personnel director handled the whole employment procedure
  4. The state of being employed; the state of having a job.
  5. An activity to which one devotes time
  6. (Economics) The number or percentage of people at work.

Derived terms

  • co-employment
  • employment agency
  • employment contract
  • employment history
  • employment tribunal
  • full employment
  • self-employment
  • underemployment

Related terms

  • employ
  • employable
  • employee
  • employer


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