Definition of mechanic in English:



  • 1A person who repairs and maintains machinery.

    ‘a car mechanic’
    • ‘Why wait for your brake pads on your car to fail when your car mechanic has highlighted they need changing.’
    • ‘Since his father was a car mechanic, he kept plenty of tools in the garage.’
    • ‘He had extreme difficulty sleeping, and missed the final exams in his apprenticeship as a vehicle mechanic.’
    • ‘The men - without exception - were either farmers, mechanics or labourers.’
    • ‘John was an able mechanic who had a fine knowledge of engines and machinery and was gifted with his hands.’
    • ‘Mr Semple spent three years as an engine mechanic at the base in the 1950s.’
    • ‘Patients select a mechanic for their cars with more care than their practitioners.’
    • ‘Sam's Dad was a car mechanic and the conservatory was full of containers of oil and petrol.’
    • ‘Ask the surveyor to refer you to a marine mechanic capable of evaluating the engine.’
    • ‘But while her skills in the kitchen could be improved, she recently revealed she is a skilled car mechanic.’
    • ‘Small businesses and traders are expected to be hit hardest by the ban, with skilled mechanics losing work.’
    • ‘Bryan, a retired mechanic and former car service manager, has not looked back since this introduction.’
    • ‘A door or two down a mechanic works under a car in his professional garage.’
    • ‘Martyn, who serves as a mechanic with the Royal Engineers, is set to return this week.’
    • ‘All work shall be carried out in accordance with the best standard practice, by mechanics skilled in the type of work concerned.’
    • ‘But a friend who worked as a car mechanic insisted the brakes had another 15,000 miles of wear on them.’
    • ‘For a specific job, such as a car mechanic, a list of skills or tasks in which a trainee needs to be competent in order to do the job can easily be created.’
    • ‘So ask your mechanic to inspect the car as if you were going to be buying it now, as a used car.’
    • ‘He's a car mechanic by trade but he practically lives at the allotments.’
    • ‘It is also worth having the car inspected by a mechanic if you have serious concerns about it.’
    technician, engineer, artificer, repairman, serviceman, greaser
    mech, grease monkey
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  • 2archaic A manual laborer or artisan.

    ‘the Mechanics' Institute’


Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense relating to manual labor): via Old French or Latin from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanē (see machine).