Pronunciation: (em-ploi'munt),[key] —n. 1. an act or instance of employing someone or something.
2. the state of being employed; employ; service: to begin or terminate employment. 3. an occupation by which a person earns a living; work; business.
4. the total number of people gainfully employed or working.
5. an activity or the like that occupies a person's time: She found knitting a comforting employment for her idle hours.