[ dih-zahy-ner ]
/ dɪˈzaɪ nər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. designated hitter,
  2. designation,
  3. designed,
  4. designedly,
  5. designee,
  6. designer baby,
  7. designer drug,
  8. designer gene,
  9. designing,
  10. designment

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

British Dictionary definitions for designer


/ (dɪˈzaɪnə) /


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