architecture

noun
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.

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The gated mansion features old world-style architecture with an abundant use of wood and brick throughout the home. Ebony Day, azcentral, "19,500-square-foot Paradise Valley mansion with 10 bathrooms sells for $5.7M," 17 June 2019 Document the city’s visual feast of Gothic, baroque, art nouveau, and cubist architecture. National Geographic, "Prague High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Tijuana is at an amazing point where all of these different cultural scenes are taking shape — food, music, art, cinema, literature, architecture. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘City of Omens,’ author shares women’s tales of survival in Tijuana," 16 June 2019 This theme of language is central to the school, and more generally, architecture, Serafini insists. Marlo Safi, National Review, "Can a Small Italian Village Point the Way to More Livable Modern Cities?," 16 June 2019 Zeffirelli, who initially studied architecture, fell in love with the theater after seeing Laurence Oliver in Shakespeare’s Henry V, according to the BBC. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Oscar-Nominated Italian Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Olivier de Challus, one of the cathedral's chief guides and architecture experts, said that one of the reasons the rich French donors haven't yet paid up is that there are still so many uncertainties about the direction of the construction work. Fox News, "US donors have been footing Notre Dame work bills instead of French tycoons," 15 June 2019 The American Heritage Boca/Delray boys volleyball team completed its season with a 10-7 mark thanks to the efforts of Ethan Shapiro, who is headed to Auburn University as part of the school’s architecture program. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Stallions reach district volleyball tourney for first time in school history," 14 June 2019 Olivier de Challus, one of the cathedral’s chief guides and architecture experts, said that one of the reasons the rich French donors haven’t yet paid up is that there are still so many uncertainties about the direction of the construction work. Thomas Adamson, BostonGlobe.com, "French tycoons stall on Notre-Dame restoration donations," 14 June 2019

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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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architecture

noun

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

architecture

noun
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

architecture

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

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 How to pronounce architectural (audio) \ adjective
architecturally \ -​ē How to pronounce architecturally (audio) \ adverb

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