ar·​chi·​tec·​ture ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio)
: the art or science of building
specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones
: formation or construction resulting from or as if from a conscious act
the architecture of the garden
: a unifying or coherent form or structure
a novel that lacks architecture
: architectural product or work
buildings that comprise the architecture of the square
: a method or style of building
Gothic architecture
: the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated
different program architectures

Example Sentences

In college, he studied architecture. The architecture of the building is modern.
Recent Examples on the Web There are some good Chicago books this holiday — Blair Kamin and Lee Bey on Chicago architecture, Neil Steinberg on local history. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 Ingrid Abramovitch, the Executive Editor at ELLE Decor, writes about design, architecture, renovation, and lifestyle, and is the author of several books on design including Restoring a House in the City. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 24 Nov. 2022 Berber architecture, with its rammed-earth walls and geometric parapets. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 San Antonio has its share of such adaptive reuse architecture, the technical term for repurposed buildings that retain much of their original outward appearance. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Nov. 2022 Between the impeccable architecture, excellent food, and even better views, this is your sign to find a new travel perspective. Isis Briones, House Beautiful, 13 Nov. 2022 Future battery EVs from Porsche will use an all-new flexible architecture called PPE—for premium platform electric—which the company is developing together with fellow VW Group sibling Audi (with Porsche taking the lead here). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2022 From this was born the Jamstack architecture, which stands for JavaScript, APIs and markup. Justin Cook, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 All of the above are based on the new SSP (scalable systems platform) architecture, which requires the latest E3 2.0 software. Georg Kacher, Car and Driver, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


see architect

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of architecture was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Architecture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio)
: the art or science of designing and building structures and especially ones that can be lived in
: architectural product or work
: a method or style of building

Medical Definition


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 cells Carolyn Cohen
architecturally adverb

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