ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər \

Definition of architecture 

1 : the art or science of building specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones

2a : formation or construction resulting from or as if from a conscious act the architecture of the garden

b : a unifying or coherent form or structure a novel that lacks architecture

3 : architectural product or work buildings that comprise the architecture of the square

4 : a method or style of building Gothic architecture

5 : the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated different program architectures

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Examples of architecture in a Sentence

In college, he studied architecture. The architecture of the building is modern.

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Roka / Shutterstock Mark Lamster is the architecture critic at Dallas Morning News. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Ever since the Serpentine Gallery started adorning its flawless English lawn in Kensington Gardens with a summer pavilion designed by some of the biggest names in architecture, such was the afterlife of many of these impermanent exhibits. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion Is on a World Tour: First Stop, Toronto," 24 Sep. 2018 Plants lend instant color, provide a focal point in the garden, or tie in the architecture of the house to the garden. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 These are powerful figures in the architecture of this band. George Varga,, "Mickey Hart talks music, Grateful Dead, rhythm 'trancing' and giving Tipper Gore drum lessons," 5 July 2018 On the web, architecture critics and sidewalk superintendents have been piling on with nasty metaphors: An ice cube for a colossal architectural headache! Blair Kamin,, "We're only stuck with the lousy Union Station design if we fail to rethink it. Let the debate begin.," 27 June 2018 The first – the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elected Jane Frederick as their president for 2020, a long-time champion of diversity in architecture. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Bryan Stevenson's Call To Action for CEOs," 27 June 2018 After receiving her Master’s degree in architecture at Yale University, Adams spent several years working in Berlin and Tokyo before getting an offer to work for NASA. Randall Scott, National Geographic, "National Geographic Explorer and Space Architect Dies at 53," 25 June 2018 Nicole Sweeney, 31 With a background in dance and professional education in architecture, Sweeney has experience in reusing paper coffee filters to welding steel, but has found her true passion in working with wood. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Meet the Contestants of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman's New Crafting Show Making It," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of architecture

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for architecture

see architect

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English Language Learners Definition of architecture

: the art or science of designing and creating buildings

: a method or style of building

: the way in which the parts of a computer are organized


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər \

Kids Definition of architecture

1 : the art of designing buildings studying architecture

2 : a style of building a church of modern architecture

Other Words from architecture

architectural adjective
architecturally adverb an architecturally innovative building


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər \

Medical Definition of architecture 

: the basic structural form especially of a bodily part or of a large molecule the architecture and function of the cerebral cortex the complex molecular architecture of muscle cells— Carolyn Cohen

Other Words from architecture

architectural \ˌär-​kə-​ˈtek-​chə-​rəl, -​ˈtek-​shrəl \ adjective
architecturally \-​ē \ adverb

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