master builder


a building contractor.
a person skilled in the art of building; architect.

Origin of master builder

First recorded in 1550–60

Master Builder, The


a play (1892) by Ibsen. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for master builder

Historical Examples of master builder

  • They recognize in the edifice the stone and also the stone-cutter, but no master-builder.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • I hope it shall be so; He is a skilled Master-builder who laid it.

  • His name was Kincaid, and he was a master-builder of houses.

    The Ice Queen

    Ernest Ingersoll

  • It is seen to have been the motive of every action of the master-builder padres.

    Chimes of Mission Bells

    Maria Antonia Field

  • With the symbolism of The Master-Builder no fault can be found.


    Clive Bell

British Dictionary definitions for master builder

master builder


a person skilled in the design and construction of buildings, esp before the foundation of the profession of architecture
a self-employed builder who employs labour
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