[ 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 formssub·ar·chi·tect, nounun·ar·chi·tect·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for architecting


/ (ˈɑːkɪˌtɛkt) /


a person qualified to design buildings and to superintend their erection
a person similarly qualified in another form of constructiona naval architect
any planner or creatorthe architect of the expedition


(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 architecting



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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