a person who builds.
a person who constructs buildings under contract or as a speculation.
a substance, as an abrasive or filler, added to soaps or other cleaning agents to increase their effectiveness.

Origin of builder

First recorded in 1350–1400, builder is from the Middle English word bildere. See build, -er1
Related formsun·der·build·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for builder

Contemporary Examples of builder

Historical Examples of builder

  • Its builder was one of the most valuable citizens of the Forest City.

  • He will not forget the builder while he admires the architect.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • He at least was a builder, he didn't want to tear everything down!

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • By some infernal contrivance of the builder, it holds the wind, and keeps it fresh.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • In applying the glue, the builder should be careful not to put too much on the boards.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

British Dictionary definitions for builder



a person who builds, esp one who contracts for and supervises the construction or repair of buildings
a substance added to a soap or detergent as a filler or abrasive
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Word Origin and History for builder

late 13c., agent noun from build (v.).

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