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master builder

noun
1.
a building contractor.
2.
a person skilled in the art of building; architect.
Origin of master builder
1550-1560
1550-60

Master Builder, The

noun
1.
a play (1892) by Ibsen.
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  • A master-builder, who was a good shipwright, staid behind in Russia, where he lived a long time in obscurity.

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

    The Ice Queen Ernest Ingersoll
  • Such is the merchant's injunction to the master-builder, who forthwith proceeds to fulfil it.

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

    Chimes of Mission Bells Maria Antonia Field
  • The master-builder of the Cathedral, yet finding his joy and glory in being a little child of God!

    The Ravens and the Angels Elizabeth Rundle Charles
  • You are not like a master-builder planning and erecting a house.

    Our Lady Saint Mary J. G. H. Barry
  • They recognize in the edifice the stone and also the stone-cutter, but no master-builder.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The master-builder is one who constructs, not houses, but poems and plays.

    Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
  • With the symbolism of The master-builder no fault can be found.

    Pot-Boilers Clive Bell
  • An insect that begins by taking the measurements of the room to be constructed, just as any master-builder might do!

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for master-builder

master builder

noun
1.
a person skilled in the design and construction of buildings, esp before the foundation of the profession of architecture
2.
a self-employed builder who employs labour
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