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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who designs and supervises the construction of buildings or other large structures.
  • n. One that plans or devises: a country considered to be the chief architect of war in the Middle East.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A professional who designs buildings or other structures, or who prepares plans and superintends construction.
  • n. A person who plans, devises or contrives the achievement of a desired result.
  • v. To design, plan, or orchestrate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person skilled in the art of building; one who understands architecture, or makes it his occupation to form plans and designs of buildings, and to superintend the artificers employed.
  • n. A contriver, designer, or maker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person skilled in the art of building; one who understands architecture, or whose profession it is to form plans and designs of buildings and superintend the execution of them.
  • n. One who plans, designs, or consummates any complex thing: as, the supreme Architect of the universe; he is the architect of his own fortunes.
  • n. One who contrives, devises, or plots.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)

Etymologies

Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitektōn : arkhi-, archi- + tektōn, builder; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French architecte, from Ancient Greek ἀρχιτέκτων (arkhitektōn, "master builder"), from ἀρχι- (arkhi-, "chief") + τέκτων (tektōn, "builder"). (Wiktionary)

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