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[bil-der] /ˈbɪl dər/
a person who builds.
a person who constructs buildings under contract or as a speculation.
a substance, as an abrasive or filler, added to soaps or other cleaning agents to increase their effectiveness.
Origin of builder
First recorded in 1350-1400, builder is from the Middle English word bildere. See build, -er1
Related forms
underbuilder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for builder
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  • Its builder was one of the most valuable citizens of the Forest City.

  • He will not forget the builder while he admires the architect.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • He at least was a builder, he didn't want to tear everything down!

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • By some infernal contrivance of the builder, it holds the wind, and keeps it fresh.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • In applying the glue, the builder should be careful not to put too much on the boards.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
British Dictionary definitions for builder


a person who builds, esp one who contracts for and supervises the construction or repair of buildings
a substance added to a soap or detergent as a filler or abrasive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for builder

late 13c., agent noun from build (v.).

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