noun \ˈe-də-fəs\

: a large and usually impressive building (such as a church or government building)

Full Definition of EDIFICE

:  building; especially :  a large or massive structure
:  a large abstract structure <holds together the social edifice — R. H. Tawney>

Examples of EDIFICE

  1. a magnificent edifice with a domed ceiling
  2. <the U.S. Capitol is one of our nation's most impressive edifices>

Origin of EDIFICE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificare
First Known Use: 14th century


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