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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for designer
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  • It was as if her designer were trying to make a craft invisible at sea.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • A working manual for the man who wants to be his own designer and builder.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • Undoubtedly its designer took that into account when he designed the gown.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Who could look upon such a scene and not praise the designer?

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • All this work may be changed or modified to suit conditions and the taste of the designer.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
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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