architecture

noun
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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Mark Lamster is the architecture critic at Dallas Morning News. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 So much of the architecture is brilliantly proportioned. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 Columbus allows John Cho to shine in his role as Jin, a Korean-American who is stranded amongst the modernist architecture and luscious green backdrop of Columbus, Ohio. Phillipe Thao, Teen Vogue, "18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Watch Them," 31 Aug. 2018 Lovers of design, architecture, and art will thrive here, where all-modern everything reigns supreme, contrasted by historic monuments. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Urban adventurers will enjoy exploring Brisbane’s burgeoning cultural scene; in recent years the coastal capital has become a hotbed for contemporary arts, architecture, indie music, and fashion. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Amorphous, swelling shapes like these have appeared in art, design, and architecture for decades, exploding in the late ’90s, when designers gained access to computer technology that enabled their creation. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 The exhibition highlighted the blurred boundaries between art, architecture, craftsmanship, and design in honor of 150 years of diplomatic relations between the countries. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Midcentury modern design and architecture are experiencing a revival in popularity, but in Glenbrook Valley, those flat roofs and geometric lines never went out of style. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Glenbrook Valley still draws stylish visitors," 11 July 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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The first known use of architecture was in 1555

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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 \

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 \

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 \ -​ē \ adverb

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