ar·​chi·​tect | \ˈär-kə-ˌtekt \

Definition of architect 

1 : a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction

2 : a person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking the architect of American foreign policy

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Synonyms for architect


engineer, mastermind

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Examples of architect in a Sentence

the architect of the economic plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II

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But that doesn’t mean architects are fighting a losing battle. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018 The assault was being launched from 65 countries, a legion of zombie computers pressed into service by the attack’s architects. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Local architect Francesca Manca has renovated her family home, Antica Casa Manca, in the town of Masainas, with its large garden and original tile floors. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 The building over six floors was originally designed by architect Alexandre Vallaury for the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, the company which also ran the famed Orient Express. Lefteris Pitarakis, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Istanbul's historic orphanage awaits salvation," 9 Sep. 2018 This tribute to the 40 heroes of Flight 93 who died on September 11, 2001 was the work of L.A. architect Paul Murdoch. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "A 93-Foot Tribute to United 93: The "Tower of Voices" 9/11 Memorial," 6 Sep. 2018 Along with architect Andrew Hill and their interior designer Tiffany De Tomasi, the pair installed wood ceiling beams and a wood statement range hood that lend a welcoming, rustic appeal. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Tamera Mowry's Napa Valley Home Has the Most Amazing Farmhouse Kitchen," 13 July 2018 These renovations will be led by golf architect Gil Hanse, one of the lead designers of the 2016 Rio Olympic Golf Course. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland Hills to seek major tournaments after South Course renovations," 13 July 2018 The modern interior, with nearly 600 square feet, had been renovated by an architect. New York Times, "Trading Chelsea Clatter for Greenpoint Calm," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of architect

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for architect

Middle French architecte, from Latin architectus, from Greek architektōn master builder, from archi- + tektōn builder, carpenter — more at technical

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English Language Learners Definition of architect

: a person who designs buildings

: a person who designs and guides a plan, project, etc.


ar·​chi·​tect | \ˈär-kə-ˌtekt \

Kids Definition of architect

: a person who designs buildings

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