One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person (especially a man) who operates, or assists with the operation of, a fire engine. Now US.
2A person (especially a man) who operates or attends to a stationary engine (especially a steam engine) in a factory, mine, etc. Now rare (chiefly historical).
3The operator of a locomotive engine; a train driver.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Boston Selectman. From engine + man.
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