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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The first thing one notices is that the imagery of the Last Supper is aligned with the room’s architecture. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 Transportation crisis Venezuela has never before in modern times experienced such a public transportation crisis, said sociologist Gustavo Chourio, an architecture professor and urbanism expert at the University of Zulia in Maracaibo. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "With little public transportation, Venezuelans resort to dangerous, illegal ‘kennels’ to get around," 12 July 2018 Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York This scenic Long Island beach overlooking the Atlantic will please both the beach lover and the architecture lover. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "The 4 best beaches in America, according to 'Dr. Beach'," 11 July 2018 Just 5 percent of architecture students are black, according to data from the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Morgan project aims to help diversify architecture, historic preservation fields," 10 July 2018 This style encompasses architecture from the middle of the 20th century, specifically 1947 to 1957, according to Curbed. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Here's What 'The Simpsons' Living Room Would Look Like in the Real World," 10 July 2018 The Neighborhood: Portland, which is Louisville's most populated neighborhood, has both a rich history and strong collection of historic architecture. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 With this objective in mind, Strauch focused on trees, flowers, bushes, and lakes; in addition to the layout and design of headstones and architecture. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' CF Billy Hamilton is underrated as an offensive contributor," 5 July 2018 The design, by JKRP Architects, isn’t knock-your-socks-off architecture, but the red-and-gray brick facade is better than average for Philadelphia these days. Inga Saffron,, "In Queen Village, life imitates art, but with a Target store and too much parking," 24 May 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


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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

Other Words from architecture

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

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