Definitions

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

  • n. One that produces designs: a book designer; a dress designer.
  • adj. Bearing the name, signature, or identifying pattern of a specific designer: designer luggage; designer clothing.
  • adj. Conceived or created by a designer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who designs, as profession.
  • adj. Created by a designer, especially a fashion designer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who designs, marks out, or plans; a contriver.
  • n. One who produces or creates original works of art or decoration.
  • n. A plotter; a schemer; -- used in a bad sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who designs, plans, or plots; one who frames a scheme or project; a contriver.
  • n. In manufacturing and the fine arts, one who conceives or forms a design of any kind, including designs for decorative work; one who invents or arranges motives and patterns for ornamental or artistic purposes.

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

  • n. a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
  • n. someone who designs clothing
  • n. someone who specializes in graphic design
  • n. a person who devises plots or intrigues
  • n. someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)

Etymologies

to design + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • This news item about 'fake designer goods' makes me wonder why we talk about e.g. 'designer sunglasses' as though opposing them to naturally occurring sunglasses, freshly plucked from trees or dug up out of the earth. Besides, surely it's the identity of the manufacturer that makes them fake; they're typically still copied, albeit indirectly, from the original designer's work.

    August 22, 2009