From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdesignerde‧sign‧er1 /dɪˈzaɪnə $ -ər/ ●●○ W3 noun [countable] BOAVDsomeone whose job is to make plans or patterns for clothes, furniture, equipment etc an interior designer a software designerdress/fashion designerCOLLOCATIONStypes of designera fashion designer (=for clothes)the well-known fashion designer, Giorgio Armania dress designer (=for clothes for women)Christian Lacroix was one of Paris's most flamboyant dress designers.a top designer (=a very good and famous fashion designer)She always wore clothes by top designers.an interior designer (=for the colours, materials etc inside people's homes)The apartment's previous owners had hired an expensive interior designer. a graphic designer (=who designs the way pictures and words look in books, magazines etc)He's been working as a graphic designer for two years.a software/program designer (=for computer programs)Software designers are working on a new operating system.a Web designer (=for websites)The software allows Web designers to embed small programs into their webpages.a garden/landscape designer (=for gardens)A landscape designer was commissioned to design the garden.a furniture designerThe tables and chairs were made by the furniture designer Robert White.a costume designer (=for clothes for the actors in a play)He spent eight years as a costume designer for TV commercials.
Examples from the Corpusdesigner• Designers at Ford say the car's soft shape is supposed to be attractive to women.• Design development loop: involves the curriculum designer, program designer and teacher developers.• The show features clothes by famous fashion designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier.• Lately, designers are getting more power, perhaps sacrificing a bit of that sweetness, out of single-ended designs.• We asked our designer to create a series of very different looks using Allied furniture, carpets, fabrics and accessories.• Anyone with experience as a Web page designer can easily get a job.• I recommend hiring a professional designer.• Task lighting around the desk is the expected norm in most hotels, and some designers favour floor lamps beside the armchairs.• The designers showed that they understand her position.interior designer• The previous owners, one an interior designer, had renovated the whole place very much to Sue and Reg's taste.• Eighty interior designers had gathered to hear her at the Washington Design Center.• I recalled that a famous interior designer had been consulted on the layout.• For interior designers, sofas have always been a prime consideration.• He wondered if he'd have made a good interior designer.• She accepted John Saladino as an established and known interior designer.• Few carpet companies exhibit, making it an even more exclusive event for Stoddard Mercia amongst Britain's leading interior designers.• Add a border or binding down the leading and bottom edges of curtains for a real interior designer touch.designerdesigner2 adjective [only before noun] FASHIONABLEmade by a well-known and fashionable designerdesigner clothes/jeans/suits etcdesigner label (=an expensive brand from a well-known designer)
Examples from the Corpusdesigner• They were accused of materialism, wanting designer clothes instead of babies.• Primo recognized one of the men-he had seen him in a designer jeans commercial-doing just what he was doing here: walking.• designer jeans• Investigating officers hope to seize the car, house and a fine collection of designer jewels at a hearing this spring.• The scurrying tourists with their Nikons and their designer shopping bags are transformed the instant they enter this muted space.• It's the designer suits and the $ 100 haircuts and the iron-fisted control freaks along the sidelines.• Williams wears the kind of designer tennis dresses that Davenport would be far too self-conscious even to consider putting on.designer clothes/jeans/suits etc• For a start, there's his burgeoning empire in designer clothes.• They date and marry stars, dress in designer clothes, and are phenomenally rich and cosmopolitan.• Some worshipers wear designer jeans and expensive, crocodile-skin boots, the uniform of many traffickers.• It's the designer suits and the $ 100 haircuts and the iron-fisted control freaks along the sidelines.• Primo recognized one of the men-he had seen him in a designer jeans commercial-doing just what he was doing here: walking.• They were accused of materialism, wanting designer clothes instead of babies.• I do go for designer clothes most of the time, because they last longer and are a far better quality.• Her designer clothes were from the pages of a glossy fashion magazine.From Longman Business Dictionarydesignerde‧sign‧er1 /dɪˈzaɪnə-ər/ noun [countable]JOB someone whose job is to design products, equipment, furniture, clothes etcThis former Lockheed aircraft designer helped develop more than 40 airplanes and spacecraft. → fashion designer → graphic designer → industrial designerdesignerdesigner2 adjective [only before a noun] designer clothes are fashionable and expensive and have been designed by a well-known fashion designera boutique selling designer clothes