a person who devises or executes designs, especially one who creates forms, structures, and patterns, as for works of art or machines.
a schemer, intriguer, or plotter.


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

Origin of designer

First recorded in 1640–50; design + -er1
Related formsself-de·sign·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for designer

Contemporary Examples of designer

Historical Examples of designer

  • It was as if her designer were trying to make a craft invisible at sea.

  • A working manual for the man who wants to be his own designer and builder.


    Leon Luther Pray

  • Undoubtedly its designer took that into account when he designed the gown.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • Who could look upon such a scene and not praise the Designer?

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • All this work may be changed or modified to suit conditions and the taste of the designer.

British Dictionary definitions for designer



a person who devises and executes designs, as for works of art, clothes, machines, etc
(modifier) designed by and bearing the label or signature of a well-known fashion designerdesigner jeans
(modifier) (of things, ideas, etc) having an appearance of fashionable trendinessdesigner pop songs; designer stubble
(modifier) (of cells, chemicals, etc) designed (or produced) to perform a specific function or combat a specific problemdesigner insecticide
(modifier) (of an animal) cross-bred for a specific purpose, such as looks, temperament, or likelihood of causing an allergydesigner dogs
a person who devises plots or schemes; intriguer
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 designer

1640s, "one who schemes;" agent noun from design (v.). Meaning "one who makes an artistic design or a construction plan" is from 1660s. In fashion, as an adjective, "bearing the label of a famous clothing designer" (thus presumed to be expensive or prestigious), from 1966. Designer drug attested from 1983.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper