Meaning of “designer” in the English Dictionary

"designer" in British English

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designernoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈzaɪ.nər/ us /-nɚ/

B1 a person who imagines how something could be made and draws plans for it:

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  • She's a highly original young designer.
  • Mary Quant was the first fashion designer to raise hemlines.
  • This designer has recently branched out into children's wear.
  • She set herself up as an interior designer.
  • She was a very imaginative designer.

designeradjective [ before noun ]

uk /dɪˈzaɪ.nər/ us /-nɚ/

B2 made by a famous or fashionable designer:

designer jeans/sunglasses
I can't afford designer labels/designer label clothes.

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  • Her favourite designer label is Armani.
  • Trendy trainers and designer labels have become aspirational status symbols, especially among the young.
  • These suits have designer names and a price ticket to match.
  • Among young people, this brand of designer clothing is the ultimate status symbol.
  • I don't possess any designer clothes.

(Definition of “designer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"designer" in American English

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designernoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈzɑɪ·nər/

a person who imagines how something could be made and draws or creates plans for it:

a fashion/graphic designer

(Definition of “designer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"designer" in Business English

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designernoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈzaɪnər/ us

a person who imagines how something could be made, or what it would look like, and makes plans for it:

a fashion designer
She set herself up as an interior designer.
a software/web designer.

designeradjective [ before noun ]

uk /dɪˈzaɪnər/ us MARKETING, PRODUCTION

made by a famous or fashionable designer:

designer jeans/sunglasses

made to interest or attract people by being new and fashionable:

designer coffee

made by changing the natural or chemical structure of something:

designer drugs/foods

(Definition of “designer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)