ar·​chi·​tec·​tur·​al | \ ˌär-kə-ˈtek-chə-rəl How to pronounce architectural (audio) , -ˈtek-shrəl \

Definition of architectural

1 : of or relating to architecture : conforming to the rules of architecture
2 : having or conceived of as having a single unified overall design, form, or structure

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from architectural

architecturally adverb

Examples of architectural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The storefronts facing 42nd Street will also be lightly reconfigured, and the designs that the architectural firm MdeAS submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission include some appropriately jazzy signage and new front doors. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, "Change Is Coming to the McGraw-Hill Building’s Art Deco Lobby. Or Is It?," 9 Feb. 2021 One of the most common complaints in supertall buildings is noise, said Luke Leung, a director at the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. New York Times, "The Downside to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks," 3 Feb. 2021 Cabrera is the founder of the architectural firm Cabrera and Associates, Inc., based in El Cajon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon mayor, councilman look to oust Planning Commissioner," 21 Jan. 2021 Life-size sculptures of classical figures and architectural elements in disarray. Los Angeles Times, "Roland Reiss dies at 91, leaving a 60-year legacy as L.A. artist and educator," 31 Dec. 2020 On the Mulan tower, architectural elements like a cherry blossom motif, jade ornamentation, and crossed golden spears symbolize Mulan’s fearless warrior spirit—and the dragon Mushu playfully stands atop her tower, using her finial as a gong. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Things to Know About Hong Kong Disneyland’s New Castle," 22 Dec. 2020 One piece premiering this year is The Ladder (Sun or Moon) by Chilean artist Ivan Navarro, who’s known for creating ladders and other architectural elements in his work. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "More Than 40 Light Installations Have San Francisco Aglow During the Holidays," 4 Dec. 2020 That’s when Marco realized that the architectural changes to the chromatin were preparing the cells to reinforce the memories when they were recalled. Quanta Magazine, "Brain Cell DNA Refolds Itself to Aid Memory Recall," 2 Nov. 2020 Antique architectural elements, furniture, crystal lighting and rare decor reflecting Old World European elegance fill a 20,000-square-foot warehouse on Jefferson Highway. Shelby Simon | Contributing Writer,, "Shop profile: Old World Wonders at Dop Antiques," 8 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'architectural.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of architectural

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about architectural

Time Traveler for architectural

Time Traveler

The first known use of architectural was in 1718

See more words from the same year

Statistics for architectural

Last Updated

25 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Architectural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on architectural

Nglish: Translation of architectural for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of architectural for Arabic Speakers

Comments on architectural

What made you want to look up architectural? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!