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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The team that killed and dismembered the Saudi dissident had close ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and the architect of the Yemen war. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Britain and Canada want answers from Mark Zuckerberg," 1 Nov. 2018 As the most significant architect of the sound, Riley holds a special place in any discussion surrounding the genre’s emergence. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "New Jack Summer: In June '88, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley & New Edition Announced the Arrival of R&B's New School," 20 June 2018 Harvey Wiley, a government chemist, became a fierce advocate for quality testing for both food and medicine, and is widely credited as the architect of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018 The three-story brick building with its large wooden front doors was designed in 1925 by Irwin Thornton Catharine, architect of the Philadelphia public schools. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "A final goodbye to nearly century-old Pennsauken school slated for demolition," 21 May 2018 It was built in 1913 by local architect A. Ten Eyck Brown in the Neo-Classical Revival style, then was redesigned in 1933 and expanded more recently. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Luxury Living in the Atlanta Community That Is in the Hollywood of the South," 23 Jan. 2019 La Dame de Pic soars in a dining room of towering ceilings, caramel booths, and mirrored columns designed by French architects Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétailleare. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 The town is dotted with more than 100 buildings by the architect Alden B. Dow, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 One of the houses was built in 1912 by Jefferson Memorial architect John Russell Pope, and the adjacent home was designed by Waddy Butler Wood. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos Is Renovating the Biggest House in Washington, D.C.," 6 Nov. 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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