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[ih-lek-trish-uh n, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɪʃ ən, ˌi lɛk-/
a person who installs, operates, maintains, or repairs electric devices or electrical wiring.
Origin of electrician
An Americanism dating back to 1745-55; electric + -ian Unabridged
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  • India-rubber had been tried by Jacobi, the Russian electrician, as far back as 1811.

  • These, also, make easier and bolder the electrician's tasks.

  • The electrician put his hand in his pocket, hesitated, and then withdrew it, empty.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It was very quiet in the room when the electrician answered.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The electrician managed to utter some sort of formality, but he couldn't have told what it was.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for electrician


/ɪlɛkˈtrɪʃən; ˌiːlɛk-/
a person whose occupation is the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical devices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for electrician

1751, "scientist concerned with electricity;" 1869 as "technician concerned with electrical systems;" see electric + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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