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[dih-zahy-ner] /dɪˈzaɪ nər/
a person who devises or executes designs, especially one who creates forms, structures, and patterns, as for works of art or machines.
a schemer, intriguer, or plotter.
designed or created by or carrying a label or identification of a designer, especially a fashion designer, but often mass-produced:
designer jeans.
Origin of designer
First recorded in 1640-50; design + -er1
Related forms
self-designer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for designer
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  • This is, as was intended, a plate whose every part is illustrative of the interests of the owner, who was also its designer.

    American Book-Plates Charles Dexter Allen
  • Her designer never lived to see her face the storm and wave.

  • Now they do everything for themselves, and have absolutely no further concern with the designer and his scheme.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • The designer of “The Artistic Home” is right in keeping to still life.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • The initial thought of their designer must be, not what is in itself desirable, but that which the machine can best produce.

British Dictionary definitions for designer


a person who devises and executes designs, as for works of art, clothes, machines, etc
(modifier) designed by and bearing the label or signature of a well-known fashion designer: designer jeans
(modifier) (of things, ideas, etc) having an appearance of fashionable trendiness: designer pop songs, designer stubble
(modifier) (of cells, chemicals, etc) designed (or produced) to perform a specific function or combat a specific problem: designer insecticide
(modifier) (of an animal) cross-bred for a specific purpose, such as looks, temperament, or likelihood of causing an allergy: designer dogs
a person who devises plots or schemes; intriguer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for designer

1640s, "one who schemes;" agent noun from design (v.). Meaning "one who makes an artistic design or a construction plan" is from 1660s. In fashion, as an adjective, "bearing the label of a famous clothing designer" (thus presumed to be expensive or prestigious), from 1966. Designer drug attested from 1983.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for designer



Of high quality; bearing a famous label: Ah, designer ennui (1960s+)


A counterfeiter (1940s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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