From Middle English engineour, a borrowing from Old French engigneor, from engin or from Medieval Latin ingeniator (“one who creates or one who uses an engine”), from ingenium (“nature, native talen, skill”), from in (“in”) + gignere (“to beget, produce”), Old Latin genere; see ingenious hence "one who produces or generates [new] things". Sometimes erroneously linked with engine + -eer.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɛnd͡ʒɪˈnɪɹ/
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛnd͡ʒɪˈnɪə/
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- Hyphenation: en‧gi‧neer
- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
engineer (plural engineers)
- A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
- (Philippines) A title given to an engineer.
- (chiefly US) A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).
- Adjectives often applied to "engineer": mechanical, electrical, civil, architectural, environmental, mechatronics, industrial, optical, nuclear, structural, chemical, military, electronic, professional, chartered, licensed, certified, qualified.
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- (transitive) To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
- (transitive) To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
- (transitive) To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.