October 06, 2013
architect (noun)
\AHR-kuh-tekt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction
How do you use it?
The architect who designed the city's newest bridge came and spoke to our school last week.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following words do you think shares a common ancestor with the word "architect"?

Today's answer is a little technical, so it's fitting that B, "technical" is the correct choice. The second half of the word "architect" comes from the Greek word "tekton" (meaning "builder, carpenter"), which shares a common ancestor with "techne," the source of the word "technical." ("Techne" means "art, craft, skill.") Language scientists would say that "techne" and "tekton" are akin. The first part of "architect," "archi-," comes from the Greek word "archein," meaning "to begin, rule."
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