me·​chan·​ic | \ mi-ˈka-nik How to pronounce mechanic (audio) \

Definition of mechanic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to manual work or skill



Definition of mechanic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a manual worker : artisan
2 : machinist especially : one who repairs machines

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mechanic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonmechanical
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Examples of mechanic in a Sentence

Adjective the snapping of the handcuffs was followed by a mechanic reading of the suspect's rights
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Job Corps, which provides free education and vocational training for young adults, offered a chance to become a mechanic and electrician. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 Sampson plays Ronnie, Kai’s mechanic father who no longer lives with his family but is still involved in their lives. Cary Darling,, "'Insecure' actor Kendrick Sampson talks Houston roots, 'Miss Juneteenth,' social activism," 22 June 2020 Kingeekuk was already mechanically minded, having grown up helping his uncles with machine repair and attending motorcycle mechanic school in Arizona. Anchorage Daily News, "Pipes, plumbing, and public relations: The life of an Alaska water plant operator," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The former, a working diesel truck mechanic, bemoaned seeing so many friends on Facebook pushing others to stay home. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Trump supporters camp out in line overnight for his rally in Tulsa," 20 June 2020 My father, an aircraft mechanic, was meticulous about how the cars in my childhood home ran. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Father knows best: Sage wisdom and silly sayings from Louisville dads on this Father's Day," 19 June 2020 Party scenes and pop songs pepper the crime drama that teams up Arielle (Bella Thorne), a Florida youngster who wants to find fame in Hollywood, with ex-con teen mechanic Dean (Jake Manley), the more reasoned one of the duo. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Spike Lee's Netflix film 'Da 5 Bloods,' 'Artemis Fowl' on Disney+," 12 June 2020 Like Lor, a heavy-equipment mechanic in a unit based in Viroqua. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin National Guard members staff call center for coronavirus test results," 11 June 2020 Rogers-O’Brien has sued Microsoft for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and to foreclosure on the mechanic’s lien. Patrick Danner,, "Texas construction company, Microsoft clash over San Antonio data center," 4 June 2020 In December 2019, Redfearn, 43, quit his job as a Toyota mechanic to manage the operation as well as two derby-parts businesses full-time. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 2020 There has been silence on my end, too many beats and maybe too much emotion for a mechanic. Rebecca Pacheco,, "When a car becomes a companion, how do you know when it’s time to let it go?," 6 Feb. 2019 Some of the most prolific experts, including lawyers, auto mechanics, and antique appraisers, made as much as $60,000 in one month. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Unemployed because of coronavirus? How to make money from home right away," 31 May 2020

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First Known Use of mechanic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mechanic


Middle English, probably from Middle French mecanique, adjective & noun, from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mēchanikos, from mēchanē

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The first known use of mechanic was in the 14th century

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5 Jul 2020

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“Mechanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mechanic

: a person who repairs machines (such as car engines) and keeps them running properly


me·​chan·​ic | \ mi-ˈka-nik How to pronounce mechanic (audio) \

Kids Definition of mechanic

: a person who makes or repairs machines

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