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 Our triple-slit experiment architecture also offers intriguing opportunities in the emerging field of quantum computing. Urbasi Sinha, Scientific American, "Quantum Slits Open New Doors," 7 Jan. 2020 Between taking in the designs, explore Harbin, the province’s capital, known for its Russian and European style architecture. National Geographic, "What are your New Year's travel resolutions?," 31 Dec. 2019 The Palisade shares its architecture and most major systems with the Kia Telluride. Mark Phelan,, "Free Press Utility of the Year: Kia Telluride’s value and style overwhelm competition," 29 Dec. 2019 Belle Mont Mansion, known for its architecture, was built in 1828 for Alexander Williams Mitchell. al, "Plantation Christmas event near Tuscumbia ‘racist’, groups say," 12 Dec. 2019 The areas of significance listed in the neighborhood's registration form for the National Register of Historic Places include the neighborhood's social history, in addition to its architecture, landscape and development. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "'A hidden gem': Oakland County subdivision built in 1960s gets national attention," 26 Nov. 2019 Two protesters were struck with rubber bullets and died instantly and more than 20 others were wounded in the fighting on Rasheed Street, a famous avenue known for its old crumbling architecture and now littered with rubble from days of violence. Arkansas Online, "Pence visits Kurds in Iraq," 24 Nov. 2019 Your people, your city, your architecture, your music, your art. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "World's largest Starbucks opens Friday in Chicago. What to know about the Reserve Roastery," 13 Nov. 2019 So does the country’s varied landscape and diverse history, reflected in its architecture — which includes lavish Renaissance or Baroque palaces, thick-walled medieval castles, cobbled streets and squares as well modern urban landscapes. Stjepan Hundic, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why the Poland Film Sector Is Quietly Thriving," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Architecture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 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


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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

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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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