build·​er ˈbil-dər How to pronounce builder (audio)
: one that builds
especially : one that contracts to build and supervises building operations
: a substance added to or used with detergents to increase their cleansing action

Examples of builder in a Sentence

The architect discussed her plans with the builder and the contractor. We will have to get the builders to repair the wall. The army is said to be a character builder. The experience was a real confidence builder.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of builder was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Builder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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build·​er ˈbil-dər How to pronounce builder (audio)
: one that builds
especially : a person whose business is the construction of buildings
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