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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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  • I'll send young Rapson, the architect, along to make a design.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The thing I most desired just then was to become an architect.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He will not forget the builder while he admires the architect.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • It will be seen that Mr. Clark has been the architect of his own fortune.

  • I told the architect while he was at it to put in the real solid stuff—and plenty of it!

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
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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