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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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 recognizable structure, designed by architect Bogdan Bogdanovic, was built in 1966 to honor the memory of the camp victims. Darko Janjevic, USA TODAY, "Australian firm Valley Eyewear apologizes for shooting ad at World War II death camp," 4 July 2018 Built in 1926 to be a Cuban consulate, it was made entirely of materials imported from the country and designed by an architect who lived in Havana. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018 The station, designed by famed architect Frank Furness, was built in 1885 and was a stop for B&O’s passenger rail service between Baltimore and Philadelphia through 1958. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Purchase a model of Aberdeen's historic B&O train station to support restoration," 11 May 2018 The San Pellegrino company, started in 1899, can make 40,000 bottles an hour in a factory from the 1960s that is soon to be replaced by one designed by a world class architect. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A Users Guide to Bottled Water," 3 May 2018 Britain has been a member of the European Union for 45 years and was the leading architect of the single market. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018 But first, software developers and architects have to build the infrastructure. Rebecca Lurye,, "Meet The Chinese Media Tycoon Behind West Hartford's Tech Hub," 4 July 2018 Lamoriello is the architect of the New Jersey Devils' three Cup-winning teams and most recently served as the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Reports: Barry Trotz to take over as coach of the Islanders," 21 June 2018 Volcker was the architect of the idea after big banks lost big money from making big trades, leveraging customers’ money. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Bending the Volcker Rule," 25 May 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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