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
a magnificent edifice with a domed ceiling
the U.S. Capitol is one of our nation's most impressive edifices
Recent Examples of edifice from the Web
Unlike Hansen, the KeyArena groups plan to start building immediately to provide tangible evidence to the leagues that an edifice is forthcoming.
Just over a mile from the Spanish Embassy, the imposing edifice of which takes up nearly a block on Pennsylvania Avenue, is the Delegation of Catalonia to the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Time and Florida weather also have been cruel to the edifice, built in 1970.
The island is thought to have formed during a period of intense volcanic activity in ~1350 A.D. (only 50 years after the eruptions that formed the modern Tarawera edifice to the south of Auckland in the Taupo Volcanic Zone).
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Origin and Etymology of edifice
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificare
First Known Use: 14th century
EDIFICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of edifice for English Language Learners
: a large and usually impressive building (such as a church or government building)
EDIFICE Defined for Kids
Definition of edifice for Students
: a large or impressive building
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