edifice

noun ed·i·fice \ ˈe-də-fəs \

Definition of edifice

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

Examples of edifice in a Sentence

  1. a magnificent edifice with a domed ceiling

  2. the U.S. Capitol is one of our nation's most impressive edifices

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Origin and Etymology of edifice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificare


EDIFICE Defined for English Language Learners

edifice

noun

Definition of edifice for English Language Learners

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


EDIFICE Defined for Kids

edifice

noun ed·i·fice \ ˈe-də-fəs \

Definition of edifice for Students

:a large or impressive building


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