1Of time: not occupied in work, not spent in work. rare before 20th century.
2Of a person: not in employment; that does not have a job.
Sometimes distinguished from unemployed in referring to a person who is not necessarily expected to be in or seeking employment, or who is not registered as unemployed.
With plural agreement. Non-employed people. Usually with the.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Godey's Lady's Book. From non- + employed.