ed·​i·​fice | \ ˈe-də-fəs How to pronounce edifice (audio) \

Definition of edifice

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

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a magnificent edifice with a domed ceiling the U.S. Capitol is one of our nation's most impressive edifices
Recent Examples on the Web The tonal flavor is softer, but the bright smiles of the concierge reflect the white edifice. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "How To Travel With That South Beach And Miami Vibe," 10 May 2021 This much is not news to physicists, who have been mucking around in the quantum world for more than a century and are mostly unbothered by the crumbling edifice of reality. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Scientists Supersize Quantum Effects with Entangled Drum Duet," 6 May 2021 For years, residents have pleaded for the city to convert the handsome red-brick edifice and two-acre grounds into the kind of community center many neighborhoods take for granted. Washington Post, "Inside the housing showdown in D.C.’s Ivy City, where kids have no place to play," 3 Mar. 2021 His main complaints came to center on Emory Huyck, superintendent of the Bath Consolidated School, a new edifice designed to meet the latest standards in education. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Maniac’ Review: The Mad Butcher of Bath," 27 Apr. 2021 And, for many, that safe space was the 23-story edifice of coral-pink brick and sandstone façade with Romanesque, Gothic, and Moorish embellishment. Maria Ricapito, Marie Claire, "Inside the Barbizon Hotel for Women," 6 Apr. 2021 The edifice will serve nearly 15,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world’s largest Hindu nation. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS Church begins work on a historic temple, its first in India," 4 Dec. 2020 To the left of the 17th green at Augusta National Golf Club is the Record Fountain, a hexagonal stone edifice that has drinking faucets and plaques commemorating record scores and the annual winners. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A primer for the 2021 Masters: Fast greens, a 47-year-old contender and baby bumps," 7 Apr. 2021 What does the Wolf think of the edifice crooked Bernie helped build? Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ has some thoughts about the stock market—and Bitcoin," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of edifice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edifice

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

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The first known use of edifice was in the 14th century

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14 May 2021

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“Edifice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edifice. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of edifice

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


ed·​i·​fice | \ ˈe-də-fəs How to pronounce edifice (audio) \

Kids Definition of edifice

: a large or impressive building

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