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(bə sil′ik, -zil′-),USA pronunciation adj. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- ArchitectureAlso, basilican, basilical. of, pertaining to, or like a basilica.
- Greek basilikós royal (basil(eús) king + -ikos -ic)
- Latin basilicus
ba•sil•i•ca /bəˈsɪlɪkə/USA pronunciation
n. [countable], pl. -cas. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Architecturean early Christian or medieval church with an oblong shape rounded at the end and two or four side aisles.
(bə sil′i kə, -zil′-),USA pronunciation n.
- Architecturean early Christian or medieval church of the type built esp. in Italy, characterized by a plan including a nave, two or four side aisles, a semicircular apse, a narthex, and often other features, as a short transept, a number of small semicircular apses terminating the aisles, or an atrium. The interior is characterized by strong horizontality, with little or no attempt at rhythmic accents. All spaces are usually covered with timber roofs or ceilings except for the apse or apses, which are vaulted.
- one of the seven main churches of Rome or another Roman Catholic church accorded the same religious privileges.
- Architecture, Antiquity(in ancient Rome) a large oblong building used as a hall of justice and public meeting place.
- Greek basiliké̄ hall, short for basiliké̄ oikía royal house. See basilic
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basilica /bəˈzɪlɪkə/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin, from Greek basilikē hall, from basilikē oikia the king's house, from basileus king; see basilbaˈsilican, baˈsilic adj
- a Roman building, used for public administration, having a large rectangular central nave with an aisle on each side and an apse at the end
- a rectangular early Christian or medieval church, usually having a nave with clerestories, two or four aisles, one or more vaulted apses, and a timber roof
- a Roman Catholic church having special ceremonial rights
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