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Syllabification: ar·chi·tec·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈärkəˌtek(t)SHər

Definition of architecture in English:


1The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
Example sentences
  • 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, building style, planning, building, construction
1.1The style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture: Victorian 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.
2The complex or carefully designed structure of something: the chemical architecture of the human brain
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  • This disparity creates an interesting dichotomy within the complex architecture of the album.
  • In short, what is the chemical architecture of the brain and the mind that emerges from it?
  • The architecture of the human body is obviously wondrous but not infallible.
2.1The conceptual structure and logical organization of a computer or computer-based system: a client/server architecture
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  • Von Neumann architecture required that a computer do one thing, then the next, and on through the program.
  • There is a paradigm shift between open systems and mainframe architecture.
  • The libraries then take care of the details of mapping it to the super computer architecture.
structure, construction, organization, layout, design, build, anatomy, makeup
informal setup


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



Pronunciation: /ˌärkiˈtekCHərəl/
Example sentences
  • 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: /ˌärkiˈtekCHərəlē/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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