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  1. a person who engages in the profession of architecture.
  2. a person professionally engaged in the design of certain large constructions other than buildings and the like: landscape architect; naval architect.
  3. the deviser, maker, or creator of anything: the architects of the Constitution of the United States.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formssub·ar·chi·tect, nounun·ar·chi·tect·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of architect

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


    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


  1. a person qualified to design buildings and to superintend their erection
  2. a person similarly qualified in another form of constructiona naval architect
  3. any planner or creatorthe architect of the expedition
  1. (tr) to plan or create (something, esp a computer system)

Word Origin for architect

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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