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Webster 1913 Edition


Basilica

Ba-sil′i-ca

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Basilicas
; sometimes
Basilicæ
(-sē)
.
[L.
basilica
, Gr.
βασιλική
(sc.
οἰκία
or
στοά
fr.
βασιλικόσ
royal, fr.
βασιλεύσ
king.]
1.
Originally, the palace of a king; but afterward, an apartment provided in the houses of persons of importance, where assemblies were held for dispensing justice; and hence, any large hall used for this purpose.
2.
(Arch.)
(a)
A building used by the Romans as a place of public meeting, with court rooms, etc., attached.
(b)
A church building of the earlier centuries of Christianity, the plan of which was taken from the basilica of the Romans. The name is still applied to some churches by way of honorary distinction.

Ba-sil′i-ca

,
Noun.
A digest of the laws of Justinian, translated from the original Latin into Greek, by order of Basil I., in the ninth century.
P. Cyc.

Definition 2023


basilica

basilica

See also: basílica

English

Basilica built by the Emperor Maxentius, Rome (ruins)
Interior of St. Francis of Assisi Basilica, Assisi

Noun

basilica (plural basilicas or basilicae)

  1. (architecture) A Christian church building having a nave with a semicircular apse, side aisles, a narthex and a clerestory.
  2. A Roman Catholic church or cathedral with basilican status.
  3. (obsolete) An apartment provided in the houses of persons of importance, where assemblies were held for dispensing justice; hence, any large hall used for this purpose.

Translations


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: ba‧si‧li‧ca

Etymology

From Latin basilica.

Noun

basilica f (plural basilica's, diminutive basilicaatje n)

  1. basilica

Synonyms


Italian

Etymology

From Latin basilica.

Noun

basilica f (plural basiliche)

  1. basilica
  2. church

Derived terms

See also


Latin

Etymology

Borrowing from Ancient Greek βασιλική (basilikḗ), from "βασιλική στοά/ οἰκία" ("royal hall"), from βασιλικός (basilikós, regal), from βασιλεύς (basileús, king, chief). Confer with rēgia and see also palatium, aula.

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /baˈsi.li.ka/, [baˈsɪ.lɪ.ka]

Noun

basilica f (genitive basilicae); first declension

  1. basilica
  2. church (medieval)
  3. oblong hall with colonnade as a court of law/exchange

Inflection

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative basilica basilicae
genitive basilicae basilicārum
dative basilicae basilicīs
accusative basilicam basilicās
ablative basilicā basilicīs
vocative basilica basilicae

Descendants

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