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[ahr-ki-tekt] /ˈɑr kɪˌtɛkt/
a person who engages in the profession of architecture.
a person professionally engaged in the design of certain large constructions other than buildings and the like:
landscape architect; naval architect.
the deviser, maker, or creator of anything:
the architects of the Constitution of the United States.
verb (used with object)
to plan, organize, or structure as an architect:
The house is well architected.
Origin of architect
1555-65; < Latin architectus < Greek architéktōn, equivalent to Greek archi- archi- + tektōn builder, craftsman
Related forms
subarchitect, noun
unarchitected, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for architect
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  • His banker's accounts, his architect's estimates, his solicitor's statements, were all brought forward and discussed.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • There can be no duty to pay until the architect is satisfied.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • We imagined that the architect of this house had received a similar order.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • On one of the stones of the house, he read the words: "Destange, architect, 1874."

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • Have you ideas on the subject of architecture that you so desire to become an architect?

    The Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for architect


a person qualified to design buildings and to superintend their erection
a person similarly qualified in another form of construction: a naval architect
any planner or creator: the architect of the expedition
(transitive) to plan or create (something, esp a computer system)
Word Origin
C16: from French architecte, from Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitektōn director of works, from archi- + tektōn workman; related to tekhnē art, skill
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Word Origin and History for architect

1550s, from Middle French architecte, from Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitekton "master builder, director of works," from arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + tekton "builder, carpenter" (see texture). An Old English word for it was heahcræftiga "high-crafter."

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