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 Dictionary entry overview: What does designer mean? 

  The noun DESIGNER has 4 senses:

1. a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
2. someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)
3. a person who devises plots or intrigues
4. someone who designs clothing

  Familiarity information: DESIGNER used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


decorator; designer; house decorator; interior decorator; interior designer; room decorator

Hypernyms ("designer" is a kind of...):

specialiser; specialist; specializer (an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning)

Instance hyponyms:

Charles Eames; Eames (United States designer noted for an innovative series of chairs (1907-1978))

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Someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


architect; designer

Hypernyms ("designer" is a kind of...):

creator (a person who grows or makes or invents things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "designer"):

landscape architect; landscape gardener; landscaper; landscapist (someone who arranges features of the landscape or garden attractively)

Instance hyponyms:

Eero Saarinen; Saarinen (United States architect (born in Finland) (1910-1961))

Henry Hobson Richardson; Richardson (United States architect (1838-1886))

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin; Pugin (English architect who played a prominent role in the 19th century revival of Gothic architecture (1812-1852))

I. M. Pei; Ieoh Ming Pei; Pei (United States architect (born in China in 1917))

Joseph Paxton; Paxton; Sir Joseph Paxton (English architect (1801-1865))

Andrea Palladio; Palladio (highly original and much imitated Italian architect (1508-1580))

Nervi; Pier Luigi Nervi (Italian architect who pioneered in the use of reinforced concrete (1891-1979))

Mills; Robert Mills (United States architect who was the presidentially appointed architect of Washington D.C. (1781-1855))

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe; Mies Van Der Rohe (United States architect (born in Germany) who built unornamented steel frame and glass skyscrapers (1886-1969))

Michelangelo; Michelangelo Buonarroti (Florentine sculptor and painter and architect; one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance (1475-1564))

Erich Mendelsohn; Mendelsohn (German architect who migrated to Palestine in 1937 (1887-1953))

Charles Follen McKim; McKim (United States neoclassical architect (1847-1909))

Francois Mansart; Mansart (French architect who introduced the mansard roof (1598-1666))

Lutyens; Sir Edwin Landseer Luytens; Sir Edwin Lutyens (English architect who planned the city of New Delhi (1869-1944))

Adolf Loos; Loos (Austrian architect (1870-1933))

Eliel Saarinen; Saarinen (Finnish architect and city planner who moved to the United States in 1923; father of Eero Saarinen (1873-1950))

Jacques Germain Soufflot; Soufflot (French architect (1713-1780))

James Wyatt; Wyatt (English architect (1746-1813))

Frank Lloyd Wright; Wright (influential United States architect (1869-1959))

Sir Christopher Wren; Wren (English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723))

Stanford White; White (United States architect (1853-1906))

Otto Wagner; Wagner (Austrian architect and pioneer of modern architecture (1841-1918))

Robert Charles Venturi; Robert Venturi; Venturi (United States architect (born in 1925))

Henri Clemens van de Velde; Henri van de Velde; van de Velde (Belgian architect (1863-1957))

John Vanbrugh; Sir John Vanbrigh; Vanbrugh (English architect (1664-1726))

Richard Upjohn; Upjohn (United States architect (born in England) (1802-1878))

Thornton; William Thornton (American architect (1759-1828))

Kenzo Tange; Tange (Japanese architect (born in 1913))

Louis Henri Sullivan; Louis Henry Sullivan; Louis Sullivan; Sullivan (United States architect known for his steel framed skyscrapers and for coining the phrase 'form follows function' (1856-1924))

Strickland; William Strickland (United States architect and student of Latrobe (1787-1854))

Edward Durell Stone; Stone (United States architect (1902-1978))

Albert Speer; Speer (German Nazi architect who worked for Hitler (1905-1981))

Lin; Maya Lin (United States sculptor and architect whose public works include the memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War in Washington (born in 1959))

Aalto; Alvar Aalto; Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (Finnish architect and designer of furniture (1898-1976))

de l'Orme; Delorme; Philibert de l'Orme; Philibert Delorme (French royal architect who built the Tuileries Palace and Gardens in Paris for Catherine de Medicis (1515-1570))

Chambers; Sir William Chambers; William Chambers (English architect (1723-1796))

Carrere; John Merven Carrere (United States architect who with his partner Thomas Hastings designed many important public buildings (1858-1911))

Butterfield; William Butterfield (English architect who designed many churches (1814-1900))

Burnham; Daniel Hudson Burnham (United States architect who designed the first important skyscraper with a skeleton (1846-1912))

Bullfinch; Charles Bullfinch (United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844))

Brunelleschi; Filippo Brunelleschi (Florentine architect who was the first great architect of the Italian Renaissance (1377-1446))

Breuer; Marcel Lajos Breuer (United States architect (born in Hungary) who was associated with the Bauhaus in the 1920's (1902-1981))

Bramante; Donato Bramante; Donato d'Agnolo Bramante (great Italian architect of the High Renaissance in Italy (1444-1514))

Bernini; Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (Italian sculptor and architect of the baroque period in Italy; designed many churches and chapels and tombs and fountains (1598-1680))

Berlage; Hendrik Petrus Berlage (Dutch architect and town planner (1856-1934))

Behrens; Peter Behrens (German architect known for his simple utilitarian factory buildings (1868-1940))

Alberti; Leon Battista Alberti (Italian architect and painter; pioneering theoretician of Renaissance architecture (1404-1472))

Adam; Robert Adam (Scottish architect who designed many public buildings in England and Scotland (1728-1792))

Buckminster Fuller; Fuller; R. Buckminster Fuller; Richard Buckminster Fuller (United States architect who invented the geodesic dome (1895-1983))

Garnier; Jean Louis Charles Garnier (French architect (1825-1898))

Antonio Gaudi; Antonio Gaudi i Cornet; Gaudi; Gaudi i Cornet (Spanish architect who was a leading exponent of art nouveau in Europe (1852-1926))

da Vinci; Leonardo; Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter and sculptor and engineer and scientist and architect; the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance (1452-1519))

Charles L'Enfant; L'Enfant; Pierre Charles L'Enfant (United States architect (born in France) who laid out the city plan for Washington (1754-1825))

Charles Edouard Jeanneret; Le Corbusier (French architect (born in Switzerland) (1887-1965))

Benjamin Henry Latrobe; Latrobe (United States architect (born in England) whose works include the chambers of the United States Congress and the Supreme Court; considered the first professional architect in the United States (1764-1820))

Henri Labrouste; Labrouste (French architect who was among the first to use metal construction successfully (1801-1875))

Kahn; Louis Isadore Kahn (United States architect (born in Estonia) (1901-1974))

Inigo Jones; Jones (one of the first great English architects and a theater designer (1573-1652))

Jenny; William Le Baron Jenny (United States architect who designed the first skyscraper in which a metal skeleton was used (1832-1907))

Hunt; Richard Morris Hunt (United States architect (1827-1895))

Horta; Victor Horta (Belgian architect and leader in art nouveau architecture (1861-1947))

Hoffmann; Josef Hoffmann (Austrian architect known for his use of rectilinear units (1870-1956))

Hastings; Thomas Hastings (United States architect who formed and important architectural firm with John Merven Carrere (1860-1929))

Gropius; Walter Gropius (United States architect (born in Germany) and founder of the Bauhaus school (1883-1969))

Giotto; Giotto di Bondone (Florentine painter who gave up the stiff Byzantine style and developed a more naturalistic style; considered the greatest Italian painter prior to the Renaissance (1267-1337))

Cass Gilbert; Gilbert (United States architect who influenced the development of the skyscraper (1859-1934))

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A person who devises plots or intrigues

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


intriguer; designer

Context example:

he is believed to be the principal designer of the terrorist bombing attack

Hypernyms ("designer" is a kind of...):

contriver; deviser; planner (a person who makes plans)

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Someone who designs clothing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


clothes designer; couturier; fashion designer; designer

Hypernyms ("designer" is a kind of...):

creator (a person who grows or makes or invents things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "designer"):

costume designer; costumer; costumier (someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade))

Instance hyponyms:

Balenciaga; Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish fashion designer known for his stark elegant designs (1895-1972))

Christian Dior; Dior (French couturier whose first collection in 1947 created a style that became known as the New Look (1905-1957))

Calvin Klein; Calvin Richard Klein; Klein (United States fashion designer noted for understated fashions (born in 1942))

Elsa Schiaparelli; Schiaparelli (fashion designer born in Italy who was noted for her use of synthetic materials and brilliant colors (1896-1973))

Gianni Versace; Versace (Italian fashion designer (1946-1997))

Charles Frederick Worth; Worth (French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895))

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