Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over


[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.
Origin of designer
1640-50; design + -er1
Related forms
self-designer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for designer
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • This is, as was intended, a plate whose every part is illustrative of the interests of the owner, who was also its designer.

    American Book-Plates Charles Dexter Allen
  • Undoubtedly its designer took that into account when he designed the gown.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Now they do everything for themselves, and have absolutely no further concern with the designer and his scheme.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Everything the inventor and designer had claimed for her was proving true.

  • The initial thought of their designer must be, not what is in itself desirable, but that which the machine can best produce.

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 designer: designer jeans
(modifier) (of things, ideas, etc) having an appearance of fashionable trendiness: designer pop songs, designer stubble
(modifier) (of cells, chemicals, etc) designed (or produced) to perform a specific function or combat a specific problem: designer insecticide
(modifier) (of an animal) cross-bred for a specific purpose, such as looks, temperament, or likelihood of causing an allergy: designer 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
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for designer



Of high quality; bearing a famous label: Ah, designer ennui (1960s+)


A counterfeiter (1940s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for designer

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for designer

Scrabble Words With Friends