ar·​chi·​tect | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtekt How to pronounce architect (audio) \

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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Examples of architect in a Sentence

the architect of the economic plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a vice president, an architect, a pilot, a critic. Kori Rumore,, "Buried in Chicago: Where the famous rest in peace," 8 Oct. 2020 This was a period during which the old house was revamped and enlarged by Jones, an architect. Washington Post, "How Dan Hinkley distilled a lifetime of gardening lessons into a paradise named Windcliff," 7 Oct. 2020 It’s also co-written by Tim Herlihy, an architect of the Sandler film. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: Halloween Movies Streaming Now," 7 Oct. 2020 The bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, hired an architect to prepare plans for a cathedral of rare, yet discreet, beauty. Peter Tonguette, The Christian Science Monitor, "Notre Dame cathedral survived fire, war, and Napoleon’s redecorating," 6 Oct. 2020 An architect from Switzerland seemingly misjudged the glare of Southern California sunlight. Joseph Giovannini, The New York Review of Books, "The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture," 2 Oct. 2020 Hernandez embraced the promise of the American dream through his personal story of being a migrant worker’s son who became an architect. Naomi Nix,, "Today’s Republican Women Are Running Hard to the Right," 25 Sep. 2020 To ensure their contractor had all the detailsed, the couple hired an architect to draw up the kitchen redo based on Melissa’s design. Richard A. Marini,, "1980s-era San Antonio home gets 2-year renovation to highlight its modern Spanish style," 23 Sep. 2020 Zones are created for specific types of accessories or supplies, which are diagrammed onscreen by text overlays, like an architect’s drawing. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "“Get Organized with The Home Edit” Is Infomercial Reality Television," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of architect was in 1563

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19 Oct 2020

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“Architect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce architect (audio) \

Kids Definition of architect

: a person who designs buildings

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