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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the architect of the economic plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II
Recent Examples on the Web Stanley Donen Donen, the director of Singin’ in the Rain and one of the last architects of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died at age 94. Sophie Dodd,, "Remembering the Stars We Lost in 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 The studios of famous artists and the homes of legendary architects are included. Leanne Italie, Twin Cities, "Coffee table books are great gifts — even if you don’t have a coffee table," 30 Nov. 2019 Frank Lloyd Wright isn’t just the greatest of all American architects. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 Carlos wrote a phenomenal story about one of Baltimore’s greatest architects. Jacques Kelly,, "Carlos P. Avery, retired CIA physicist who loved Baltimore’s architecture, dies," 20 Nov. 2019 An Arizona house that was the last home architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed before his death sold Wednesday for nearly $1.7 million. Terry Tang,, "The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sells in Arizona for nearly $1.7 million. Take a look inside.," 17 Oct. 2019 The club's presented two concept designs for the new build recently, with one of the lead architects promising the finished arena will be 'better than Tottenham's', as quoted by Football Italia., "8 of the Best Stadium Concept Designs That Were Never Built," 13 Oct. 2019 Rove, one of the most influential architects of the modern GOP political fundraising machine, was publicly critical of Trump in 2016. Author: Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Anu Narayanswamy, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s 2016 campaign was run on a shoestring. His reelection machine is huge - and armed with consultants.," 9 Oct. 2019 In an effort to minimize the impact on the mature trees on this heavily wooded lot and maximize views, the architect and owner designed a modest, streamlined structure with 24-foot ceilings and an absence of superfluous decorative treatments. Richard A. Marini,, "Luxury mid-century modern-inspired San Antonio home surrounds pool courtyard," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Dec 2019

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“Architect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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