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.

1640–50; design + -er1

self-designer, noun Unabridged
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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
3.  (modifier) (of things, ideas, etc) having an appearance of fashionable trendiness: designer pop songs; designer stubble
4.  (modifier) (of cells, chemicals, etc) designed (or produced) to perform a specific function or combat a specific problem: designer insecticide
5.  (modifier) (of an animal) cross-bred for a specific purpose, such as looks, temperament, or likelihood of causing an allergy: designer dogs
6.  a person who devises plots or schemes; intriguer

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Word Origin & History

1640s, "one who schemes;" from design. Meaning "one who makes an artistic design or a construction plan" is from 1660s; in fashion, "bearing the label of a famous designer" (thus presumed to be expensive or prestigious), from 1966. Designer drug attested from 1983.
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Example sentences
The designer is obviously an architect, not an engineer.
His initial responses are helpful, and keyed to what he believes are each
  designer's strengths and weaknesses.
The designer pantyhose differ only in color choice from house brands and many
M, the flat's owner, is a landscape designer who specializes in roof gardens.
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