architecture

noun

ar·​chi·​tec·​ture ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio)
1
: the art or science of building
specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones
2
a
: 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

Examples of architecture in a Sentence

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

Etymology

see architect

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of architecture was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Architecture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/architecture. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

architecture

noun
ar·​chi·​tec·​ture ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio)
1
: the art or science of designing and building structures and especially ones that can be lived in
2
: architectural product or work
3
: a method or style of building
architectural
ˌär-kə-ˈtek-chə-rəl
-ˈtek-shrəl
adjective
architecturally
adverb

Medical Definition

architecture

noun
ar·​chi·​tec·​ture ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio)
: 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 cellsCarolyn Cohen
architecturally adverb

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