Definition of architecture in English:


Line breaks: archi|tec¦ture
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːkɪtɛktʃə


[mass noun]
  • 1The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings: schools of architecture and design
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    • Tom Low practices architecture and town planning in the Carolinas.
    • The award recognizes his collective works and his influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
    • It has terrific links to all sorts of things from architects and architecture to straw bale construction.
    building design, planning, building, construction
    formal architectonics
  • 1.1The style in which a building is designed and constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture: Georgian architecture
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    • The art deco movement became a dominant style in art, architecture and design during the 1920s and '30s.
    • This building is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a British Imperial hybrid.
    • The other distinctive style of architecture is known as Manueline, after King Manuel I.
    building style, design, structure, construction, framework



Pronunciation: /-ˈtɛktʃ(ə)r(ə)l/
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  • The city's architectural history reflects this tug-of-war between past and present.
  • Castledermot attracts a lot of tourists who visit the architectural remains in the area.
  • It is truly spectacular and an architectural triumph, situated as it is in such spacious surroundings.


Pronunciation: /-ˈtɛktʃ(ə)r(ə)li/
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  • The space around the building will be architecturally landscaped - its surfaces will be a combination of gravelled, decked and paved elements.
  • Finland's capital is architecturally rich and easy to tour on foot and by tram, including the transit loop that passes most of the important sites.
  • The memorial is architecturally undistinguished, resembling one of the giant new suburban houses common in the United States.


mid 16th century: from Latin architectura, from architectus (see architect).

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