ma·​chin·​ist | \ mə-ˈshē-nist How to pronounce machinist (audio) \

Definition of machinist

1a : a worker who fabricates, assembles, or repairs machinery
b : a craftsman skilled in the use of machine tools
c : one who operates a machine
2 archaic : a person in charge of the mechanical aspects of a theatrical production
3 : a warrant officer who supervises machinery and engine operation

Examples of machinist in a Sentence

He is a machinist at the factory.
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First Known Use of machinist

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Machinist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ma·​chin·​ist | \ mə-ˈshē-nist How to pronounce machinist (audio) \

Kids Definition of machinist

: a person who makes or works on machines

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