ar·​chi·​tec·​ton·​ic ˌär-kə-ˌtek-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce architectonic (audio)
: of, relating to, or according with the principles of architecture : architectural
: having an organized and unified structure that suggests an architectural design
architectonically adverb

Examples of architectonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The concrete slabs that were cut out of the river’s bed in order to lay the pipe have been trimmed into triangles and arranged in architectonic stacks in one room of the studio. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Of the show’s two architectonic entries, only one is three-dimensional. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 Barlow, an artist known for repurposing humble materials such as cardboard and plywood into explosive forms, has taken over the South Gallery with an architectonic installation rife with seismic energy — like a theater proscenium come to destructive life. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 In so many ways, an attack on these architectonic treasures reads like an attack on democratic ideals. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2023 Katie Dell Kaufman’s work is also geometric, and sometimes incorporates 3D architectonic forms that give the pieces literal depth. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 But the ramps offer a remarkable architectonic respite from the sun — as well as some remarkable framed views of the city, not to mention the bridge itself. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 The competing perpendicular composition of frontal and profile poses is architectonic, like a building’s structure. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 This included a site-specific land piece by prominent African American sculptor Maren Hassinger, as well as a pair of architectonic installations by Afro Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin architectonicus, from Greek architektonikos, from architektōn

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of architectonic was in 1645

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“Architectonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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