[ dih-zahy-ner ]
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  1. a person who devises or executes designs, especially one who creates forms, structures, and patterns, as for works of art or machines.

  2. a schemer, intriguer, or plotter.

  1. designed or created by or carrying a label or identification of a designer, especially a fashion designer, but often mass-produced: designer jeans.

  2. created for intentional effect through chemical or genetic modification, as for a designer drug, or through crossbreeding, as for a designer dog.

Origin of designer

First recorded in 1640–50; design + -er1

Other words from designer

  • self-de·sign·er, noun

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How to use designer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for designer


/ (dɪˈzaɪnə) /

  1. a person who devises and executes designs, as for works of art, clothes, machines, etc

  2. (modifier) designed by and bearing the label or signature of a well-known fashion designer: designer jeans

  1. (modifier) (of things, ideas, etc) having an appearance of fashionable trendiness: designer pop songs; designer stubble

  2. (modifier) (of cells, chemicals, etc) designed (or produced) to perform a specific function or combat a specific problem: designer insecticide

  3. (modifier) (of an animal) cross-bred for a specific purpose, such as looks, temperament, or likelihood of causing an allergy: designer dogs

  4. a person who devises plots or schemes; intriguer

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