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 for designers
Several designers and architects have been involved in this work.
Nothing on the island has been created by mission designers or level designers.
A column containing information and an interview with various video game
Nevertheless, many foreign designers still seek to make their careers in france.
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