One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who is skilled in the art of building; an architect. Chiefly figurative (especially in rhetorical use).
2Nautical. A senior officer of a shipyard, in charge of the major part of the workforce and responsible for all building and repairs; a master shipwright. Now historical.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Bible (Whittingham). From master + builder.
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