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basilica

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noun ba·sil·i·ca \bə-ˈsi-li-kə also -ˈzi-\

Simple Definition of basilica

  • : a large church that has a long central part that ends in a curved wall

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of basilica

  1. 1 :  an oblong building ending in a semicircular apse used in ancient Rome especially for a court of justice and place of public assembly

  2. 2 :  an early Christian church building consisting of nave and aisles with clerestory and a large high transept from which an apse projects

  3. 3 :  a Roman Catholic church given ceremonial privileges

basilican play \-kən\ adjective

Origin of basilica

Latin, from Greek basilikē, from feminine of basilikos royal, from basileus king


First Known Use: 1541



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