Definition of architect in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärkəˌtekt/


1A person who designs buildings and in many cases also supervises their construction.
Example sentences
  • A council spokeswoman later confirmed that the authority had now put out tenders for landscape design architects, building architects and quantity surveyors.
  • Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity.
  • I actually emailed the architects who designed the building, just before I found this site.
designer, planner, draftsman
1.1A person who is responsible for inventing or realizing a particular idea or project: a chief architect of the plan to slash income taxes
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  • The chief architect of this project is the President, with whom Dr. Nair has associated.
  • He's one of the chief architects of the drug plan for seniors that people talked so much about in the closing days of last year.
  • I am not only a follower, but I could say that I am the architect of this idea with concrete mechanisms and stages for its achievement.
originator, author, creator, founder, father, founding father;
engineer, inventor, mastermind
literary begetter


[with object] (usually be architected) Computing
Design and make: few software packages were architected with Ethernet access in mind
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  • As the Web matures and we get better at architecting, designing and building it, our clients and stakeholders will begin to have a better understanding of what goes into a successful Web project.
  • Televaulting is a new backup paradigm architected specifically for geographically dispersed environments.
  • Fibre Channel was designed and architected to communicate directly at extremely high speeds.


Mid 16th century: from French architecte, from Italian architetto, via Latin from Greek arkhitektōn, from arkhi- 'chief' + tektōn 'builder'.

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Syllabification: ar·chi·tect

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