a person or company that pays people to work for them They're very good employers (= they treat the people that work for them well). one of the largest employers in the area See related entries: Pay and conditions at workExtra examples He sued his employer for personal injuries. The action forced the employers to improve their pay offer. The hotel prides itself on being a good employer that treats its staff well. employer contributions to pension plans employer sanctions that penalize employers who hired unauthorized workers one of the region’s major employers the use of illegal workers by unscrupulous employers They’re one of the largest employers in the area. They’re very good employers.