(French). One in our employ; such as clerks, shopmen, servants, etc. Employée, a female employed by a master. Employee, either sex.
“In Italy, all railroad employes are subjected to rigorous examination.” —Harlan: Eyesight, v. 64.
“All these employées should be women of character.” —Macmillan's Magazine (July, 1862, p. 257).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894