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[ahr-ki-tekt] /ˈɑr kɪˌtɛkt/
a person who engages in the profession of architecture.
a person professionally engaged in the design of certain large constructions other than buildings and the like:
landscape architect; naval architect.
the deviser, maker, or creator of anything:
the architects of the Constitution of the United States.
verb (used with object)
to plan, organize, or structure as an architect:
The house is well architected.
Origin of architect
1555-65; < Latin architectus < Greek architéktōn, equivalent to Greek archi- archi- + tektōn builder, craftsman
Related forms
subarchitect, noun
unarchitected, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for architect
  • The lights were dimmed, and an architect hired to redesign the facility put a single page on the overhead projector.
  • My heartiest congratulations to the architect and the staff looking after the library.
  • The architect kept space open for these and other plants in the exterior hardscape and designed a shed for potting.
  • Owning a home designed by a famous architect can be a little daunting.
  • Structural engineers are meant to stay behind the scenes and work to bridge the gap between the architect and the builder.
  • Our search for the right architect continued without success.
  • Svetlana had been promised she could train as an architect.
  • She is a landscape architect who restores historical gardens.
  • Still, the architect asks for three times more windows than the average building has because it looks sleeker.
  • PhD scientists with strong software experience can find the role of solution architect challenging and rewarding.
British Dictionary definitions for architect


a person qualified to design buildings and to superintend their erection
a person similarly qualified in another form of construction: a naval architect
any planner or creator: the architect of the expedition
(transitive) to plan or create (something, esp a computer system)
Word Origin
C16: from French architecte, from Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitektōn director of works, from archi- + tektōn workman; related to tekhnē art, skill
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Word Origin and History for architect

1550s, from Middle French architecte, from Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitekton "master builder, director of works," from arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + tekton "builder, carpenter" (see texture). An Old English word for it was heahcræftiga "high-crafter."

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