Why are we called ‘Engineers’?

Does the word Engineer come from ‘Engine’?. But steam engine was made only in the 19th century whereas engineering as a profession came in to existence centuries before.

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An Engine

The word ‘Engineer‘ has nothing to do with the word engine. Engineer did not originate in engine. The word engineer originated from ‘ingenium’ which is a Latin word meaning ingenius meaning someone who solves problems that elude normal persons.

From ‘ingenium’ came ‘ingenieur’ ( which is the French word for engineer even now) and from it came the English word Engineer.

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So, let us be ingenious and solve problems for the society and ameliorate life of all.

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