Definition of architecture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɑːkɪtektʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrkɪtektʃər//
    Structures, Describing architecture, Computer programming
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  1. 1[uncountable] the art and study of designing buildings to study architecture See related entries: Describing architecture
  2. 2[uncountable] the design or style of a building or buildings the architecture of the eighteenth century modern architecture See related entries: Structures
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] (computing) the design and structure of a computer system See related entries: Computer programming
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin architectura, from architectus from Greek arkhitektōn, from arkhi- ‘chief’ + tektōn ‘builder’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: architecture