[ ahr-ki-tek-cher ]
/ ˈɑr kɪˌtɛk tʃər /


Nearby words

  1. architect's table,
  2. architectonic,
  3. architectonics,
  4. architectural,
  5. architectural bronze,
  6. architecture parlante,
  7. architrave,
  8. archival,
  9. archival storage,
  10. archive

Origin of architecture

1555–65; (< Middle French) < Latin architectūra. See architect, -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for architecture

British Dictionary definitions for architecture


/ (ˈɑːkɪˌtɛktʃə) /


the art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures
a style of building or structureGothic architecture
buildings or structures collectively
the structure or design of anythingthe architecture of the universe
the internal organization of a computer's components with particular reference to the way in which data is transmitted
the arrangement of the various devices in a complete computer system or network
Derived Formsarchitectural, adjectivearchitecturally, adverb

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for architecture



1560s, from Middle French architecture, from Latin architectura, from architectus "architect" (see architect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper