noun ar·chi·tec·ture \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

Definition of architecture

1 : the art or science of building; specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones
2 a : 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

Examples of architecture in a Sentence

  1. In college, he studied architecture.

  2. The architecture of the building is modern.

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Origin and Etymology of architecture

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ARCHITECTURE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of architecture for English Language Learners

  • : 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

ARCHITECTURE Defined for Kids


noun ar·chi·tec·ture \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər \

Definition of architecture for Students

1 : the art of designing buildings
  • studying architecture
2 : a style of building
  • a church of modern architecture




  • an architecturally innovative building

Medical Dictionary


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


play \ˌär-kə-ˈtek-chə-rəl, -ˈtek-shrəl\ adjective


play \\ adverb

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