ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some larger walls are aligned east to west—a common feature of medieval Christian architecture. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Long-Lost Medieval Monastery Discovered Beneath Parking Garage in England," 20 Oct. 2020 Schroeter said the scholarship will benefit students historically underrepresented in the field of architecture. Yvonne Wenger,, "‘Society’s Cage’ art installation, a reflection on racism and violence, opens Monday in Baltimore," 18 Oct. 2020 Ampere also scales very well at ultra-high resolutions, where the insane number of shader cores inside these GPUs can flex their muscles without being constrained by other parts of the architecture. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD's Radeon RX 6000 'Big Navi' performance tease reveals an RTX 3080 rival," 8 Oct. 2020 The circular home boasts a round top and is a 2,240-square-foot jaw-dropping piece of architecture. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "One of Austin's weirdest homes hits market for $2.2 million," 5 Oct. 2020 This is a hostile takeover of the museum, and if the design succeeds in hijacking the institution, Los Angeles will be living for a long time with a wanton act of architecture, and the bitter memory of a very expensive betrayal of the public trust. Joseph Giovannini, The New York Review of Books, "The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture," 2 Oct. 2020 The Torch Tower isn’t the only piece of architecture in the city to sport a flame, though. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Tokyo Is Building a Skyscraper That Looks Like a Torch and Comes With Views of Mount Fuji," 30 Sep. 2020 Built in the mid- to late 17th century, the Villa Aurelia is an elegant example of Baroque architecture with a colorful history. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Stunning High-Jewelry Necklace Was Inspired by a Roman Villa," 24 Sep. 2020 Growing up near Bern, Switzerland, within sight of his family’s metalworking business, Alex Schärer had an early introduction to the power of modern architecture. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Cult of USM Furniture," 9 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of architecture was in 1555

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Architecture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

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


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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

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architectural \ ˌär-​kə-​ˈtek-​chə-​rəl, -​ˈtek-​shrəl How to pronounce architectural (audio) \ adjective
architecturally \ -​ē How to pronounce architecturally (audio) \ adverb

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