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.
Recent Examples on the Web Situated on a wide lot, the residence was renovated and expanded, adding transitional design, yet maintains its original architecture. Dallas News, "Firm excels in selling Highland Park homes," 26 Jan. 2020 Chait marveled at the design, the flowing water, the theater show at the center of the restaurant, the temple-like quality of its architecture. Danny Chau, Los Angeles Times, "Behold! The Sichuan hot pot takeover has begun!," 24 Jan. 2020 In Wuhan, which is popular among tourists for its colonial architecture, spicy noodles, and proximity to the Yangtze River, authorities had already issued a ban on large public gatherings and performances at hotels and sightseeing destinations. Vivian Wang,, "Wuhan, center of coronavirus outbreak, is being cut off by Chinese authorities," 22 Jan. 2020 This would allow for more organic habitats grown from fungi and the threads that comprise their architecture, known as mycelia. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA," 17 Jan. 2020 San Xavier del Bac The Mission San Xavier del Bac is noted for its elegant Spanish colonial architecture and colorful art adorning the interior. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Free things to do in Tucson: 10 activities you can do with no money," 16 Jan. 2020 Inspired by French colonial-style architecture, the open-floor plan mansion features soaring vaulted ceilings and reclaimed brick accents. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Head of CorePower Yoga fitness chain purchases Scottsdale estate for $5.4M," 27 Jan. 2020 The site opened as a gas station and repair shop in 1919, and the restaurant has retained the original shop’s exterior architecture, in the style of early Art Deco gas stations. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Vinsetta Garage restaurant, Berkley officials settle parking lawsuit," 24 Jan. 2020 Built on a new rear-drive architecture, the doors, hood, and tailgate are made out of weight-saving aluminum. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Genesis Finally Has an SUV, the GV80," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Architecture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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
technical : the way in which the parts of a computer are organized


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


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

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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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