Definition of engineer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪr//
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  1. 1  a person whose job involves designing and building engines, machines, roads, bridges, etc. see also chemical engineer, civil engineer, electrical engineer, lighting engineer, mechanical engineer, software engineer, sound engineer See related entries: Professions, People in construction
  2. 2  a person who is trained to repair machines and electrical equipment They're sending an engineer to fix the phone. See related entries: Professions
  3. 3a person whose job is to control and repair engines, especially on a ship or an aircraft a flight engineer the chief engineer on a cruise liner See related entries: People in air travel, Professions, People in sea travel
  4. 4(North American English) (British English engine driver) a person whose job is driving a railway/railroad engine
  5. 5a soldier trained to design and build military structures
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a designer and constructor of fortifications and weapons; formerly also as ingineer): in early use from Old French engigneor, from medieval Latin ingeniator, from ingeniare ‘contrive, devise’, from Latin ingenium ‘talent, device’, from in- ‘in’ + gignere ‘beget’; in later use from French ingénieur or Italian ingegnere, also based on Latin ingenium, with the ending influenced by -eer.Extra examples We were on the phone with a technical support engineer. You need the advice of a qualified engineer. engineers who designed and built advanced military aircraft a chemical/​civil/​electrical/​mechanical engineer
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