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me·​chan·​ic mi-ˈka-nik How to pronounce mechanic (audio)
: of or relating to manual work or skill


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

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
Harroun installed it with a bracket above the dashboard rather than have a mechanic ride in the race with him, as was the custom of the day. George Petras, USA TODAY, 24 May 2024 When Part 4 was released in August 2023, mechanic Bennie was losing his garage. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Apr. 2024
The materials posted on the website explain technical game mechanics and contain detailed guides on one of the most popular games in the United States. Chris Gallagher, USA TODAY, 12 July 2024 Richard Gehr served in the Navy as an aviation mechanic. Steve Bowersox, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for mechanic 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mechanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
me·​chan·​ic mi-ˈkan-ik How to pronounce mechanic (audio)
: of or relating to work performed by hand or skill at such work
mechanic arts


2 of 2 noun
: a person who works with his or her hands
especially : a repairer of machines

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