a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.: an automobile mechanic.
a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, etc.
Slang. a person skilled in the dishonest handling of cards, dice, or other objects used in games of chance.

1350–1400; Middle English: mechanical < Latin mēchanicus < Greek mēchanikós, equivalent to mēchan() machine + -ikos -ic Unabridged
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mechanic (mɪˈkænɪk)
1.  a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc
2.  archaic a common labourer
[C14: from Latin mēchanicus, from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanēmachine]

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Word Origin & History

1540s (adj.) "pertaining to or involving mechanical labor" (now usually mechanical), from L. mechanicus (n. and adj.), from Gk. mekhanikos "an engineer" (n.), also "resourceful, inventive," lit. "pertaining to machines" (adj.), from mekhane (see machine). The noun meaning
originally was "manual laborer" (late 14c.); sense of "one who is employed in manual labor, a handicraft worker, an artisan (chief sense through early 19c.) is attested from 1560s. The adj. meaning "of the nature of or pertaining to machines" is from 1620s; the noun sense of "skilled workman who is concerned with making or repair of machinery" is from 1660s, but not the main sense until the rise of the automobile.
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Example sentences
One elevator mechanic said he liked to have a beer or two on the job.
When you take your car to be serviced or repaired, you expect the mechanic to
  replace any worn or damaged parts with new ones.
If neither option exists nearby, find a local service station or mechanic that
  accepts used oil for recycling.
He wears his father's old mechanic jumpsuit that is splotched with paint from
  previous projects.
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