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Etymology 1[edit]

Latin aulicus (of a prince's court), from aula (royal court), from Ancient Greek αὐλή (aulḗ, courtyard).


aulic (comparative more aulic, superlative most aulic)

  1. Of or pertaining to a royal court; courtly.
    • 1828, Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations: Suppressed Dedications, to Bolivar the Liberator," in The Complete Works of Walter Savage Landor, T. Earle Welby (editor), p. 138.
      Never can there be safety, or indeed peace, in the nations you have redeemed from bondage, while a neighbour is apprehensive of the principles you have laid down, and can hold out ecclesiastical wealth and aulic dignities, to unreflecting avarice and unenlightened ambition.
    • 1943, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, The Menace of the Herd, Or, Procrustes at Large[1], page 50:
      But an increased sense of ambition, the coming into existence of an urban, aulic nobility, and the decay of religious life added to the friction and the desire to be "equal."
    • 2001, Elizabeth Lane Furdell, The Royal Doctors, 1485-1714: Medical Personnel at the Tudor and Stuart Courts[2], page 254:
      Yet surprisingly, given the varied activities of aulic doctors as propagandists, diplomats, and medical politicians, medicine within the patrician setting of the royal court has been largely neglected.
    • 2003, Jane Hawkes, Iuxta Morem Romanarum: Stone and Sculpture in Anglo-Saxon England, Catherine E. Karkov, George Hardin Brown (editors), Anglo-Saxon Styles, page 79,
      Derived ultimately from imperial aulic art, the scheme was well established in the Christian repertoire by the ninth century.
  2. (architecture) Of, pertaining to, or resembling a palace.
    • 2004, Michael Kulikowski, Late Roman Spain and Its Cities[3], page 303:
      The basic structure of the villa is aulic, with perpendicular rooms at either end of the main hall.
  3. Solemn.
    • 1985, Ronnie H. Terpening, Charon and the Crossing: Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Transformations of a Myth[4], page 140:
      Comparisons of Charon's eyes to a light at night and a festive bonfire add a popular touch that has its own effectiveness when compared to the more aulic poetry of the time.
    • 2007, Francesco Carapezza, Giacomo Pugliese (fl. 1220—1240), entry in Gaetana Marrone (editor), Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, page 833,
      Otherwise, Giacomino's most aulic and rhetorically ambitious piece is a lament for the death of the beloved, Morte, perché m'hai fatta sì gran guerra (Death, Why Have You Warred Against Me So), the oldest Italian example of its kind, together with Pier della Vigne's "Amando con fin core e con speranza."
    • 2011, Andrew Frisardi, Introduction, Dante Alighieri, Andrew Frisardi (translator), Vita Nova, page xxii,
      Other times, for heightened effect, the language is in a more aulic register, laced with Latinisms and with words derived from the Provençal and Sicilian traditions.
Derived terms[edit]


aulic (plural aulics)

  1. A ceremony at some European universities to confer a Doctor of Divinity degree.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek αὐλός (aulós, hollow tube, pipe).


aulic (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Pertaining to the reproductive ducts of certain organisms.
    • 1998, Brian Morton, The Marine Biology of the South China Sea III, page 25:
      The first reference to the internal anatomy of species of Cassidula was by Odhner (1925), who divided the Ellobiidae H. and A. Adams in Pfeiffer, 1854, into two large groups, on the basis of the aulic condition of the pallial gonoducts.
    • 2013, E. R. Trueman, M. R. Clarke, Evolution, page 237:
      The term aulic refers to a pipe, and considerable confusion has been caused by applying this term to the number of sexual openings instead of the number of separate ducts (Beeman, 1977).
Derived terms[edit]




From Latin aulicus or French aulique.


aulic m or n (feminine singular aulică, masculine plural aulici, feminine and neuter plural aulice)

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