[ bil-der ]
/ ˈbɪl dər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. build on sand,
  2. build up,
  3. build-down,
  4. build-up,
  5. buildable,
  6. builder's knot,
  7. buildering,
  8. building,
  9. building and loan association,
  10. building block

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

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British Dictionary definitions for builder


/ (ˈbɪldə) /


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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