Meaning of “worker” in the English Dictionary

"worker" in British English

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workernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɜː.kər/ us /ˈwɝː.kɚ/

A2 someone who works in a particular job or in a particular way:

a good/tireless/skilled worker

someone who works for a company or organization but does not have a powerful position:

Many companies still treat their management staff better than their workers.

in bees and some other types of insects, a female that cannot produce young but collects food for the others

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  • I spoke to an aid worker who had recently returned from the field.
  • Jack has been a loyal worker in this company for almost 50 years.
  • Michael is a very careful worker.
  • The postal workers have come out in support of their pay claim.
  • There's not enough interaction between the management and the workers.

(Definition of “worker” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worker" in American English

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workernoun [ C ]

us /ˈwɜr·kər/

a person who is paid for using effort to do something:

(Definition of “worker” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"worker" in Business English

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workernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɜːkər/ us HR, WORKPLACE

a person who works for a company or organization:

Some of the region's employers have developed shortages of high-tech workers.
Employers will require more money if they are to retrain older workers.
low-paid/low-skilled/low-wage workers
private-sector/public-sector workers
a key/core worker
hire/employ/recruit workers The company knowingly hired illegal workers.
lay off/sack/fire workers Across the country, automobile plants are laying off workers.

a person who works in a particular way:

a good/hard/lazy worker Employers realize they must compete for good workers.
the workers

used to refer to all the people within a company or organization who do ordinary jobs, rather than the managers:

Lawyers for the workers say that companies are denying claims that they should have paid.
Union officials were called in by the workers when they did not receive annualized payments for overtime.

(Definition of “worker” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)