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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Capofaro’s architecture is classical, with arches and columns that curve outward slightly, like barrels. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Hurricane Irma last year damaged the hotel, which for decades has stood prominently with its space-age architecture and tower crowned with spires. Meryl Kornfield,, "Pier 66 plans hotel renovation as first step toward new development," 11 July 2018 The coastal city in Georgia has attracted many U.S. residents and Europeans because of its antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets and large parks and squares, all along the water. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Dream homes: Five tempting homes for sale in Savannah," 11 July 2018 Alsop, who died after a short illness on May 12 at the age of 70, was known for designing buildings that featured an avant-garde modernism, emphasizing that architecture should be fun. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Playful shopping mall designed by Will Alsop to be built in Kenya," 10 July 2018 But the new dining hall resembles Harvard’s (or Hogwarts’s, as several students joked), and the village’s architecture is neo-Gothic collegiate. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 The original building on 440 Drake Circle was well known in the area for its unique architecture and cupola. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Sierra Oaks residents worry this renovated bank will clash with Tudor-style homes," 7 July 2018 Charania said the company has moved its Blue Moon architecture forward after the government has expressed its interest in sending a series of robotic and then human landers to the Moon within the next decade. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japanese rocket blows up, NASA chief ponders purpose of SLS," 6 July 2018 The ride’s architecture is similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree In Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 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


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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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