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 Rael, an architect, explores the area near the border fence outside El Paso with an eye tuned to reimagining the space around him and plotting ways to transgress it. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Border-Town Life Defies the Wall in “Borderlands”," 12 Nov. 2019 Senior Hamas commander Raed al-Attar, an architect of cross-border tunnels into Israel, is killed in an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip. Washington Post, "A look at Israel’s targeted killings of militant leaders," 12 Nov. 2019 The town of East Hartford is working with a private property owner, the state and an architect to attract mixed use development to a riverside parcel long dominated by a 19-story office tower. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford working with developers, property owner and the state to redevelop Founders Plaza," 12 Nov. 2019 Plans for the park began in 2002, and an architect was chosen in 2004. USA TODAY, "Pooch hit by car goes for ride, manatee rescued, unusual toilet paper roller: News from around our 50 states," 1 Nov. 2019 The 'blue volcano' was planned way back in 2008 when an architect won a competition to design a new ground., "8 of the Best Stadium Concept Designs That Were Never Built," 13 Oct. 2019 Morgan McMullenGetty Images In late 2018, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, an architect of the Green New Deal, found her work thrust into the spotlight by a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi’s office. Karen L. Smith-janssen, Marie Claire, "The Architect Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Has a Plan to Save the Planet—and All of Us," 4 Oct. 2019 Later, two boys were born, William G. Crawford, Jr. (Claire M.), an attorney and James C. Crawford, an architect., "Deaths in South Florida: 10/2," 2 Oct. 2019 The groundbreaking school of art and design was founded in Germany in 1919 by Walter Gropius, an architect fond of simple constructions, and its influence can be seen in buildings from Chicago to Sydney. C.g. | Dessau, The Economist, "A Bauhaus museum opens in Dessau," 18 Sep. 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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The first known use of architect was in 1563

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17 Nov 2019

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“Architect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 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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