basilica

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Basilica built by the Emperor Maxentius, Rome (ruins)
Interior of St. Francis of Assisi Basilica, Assisi

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin basilica, from Ancient Greek βᾰσῐλῐκή ‎(basilikḗ), from βᾰσῐλῐκὴ στοά ‎(basilikḕ stoá, royal hall), ultimately from βασιλικός ‎(basilikós, royal), from βασιλεύς ‎(basileús, king, chief).

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Noun[edit]

basilica ‎(plural basilicas or basilicae)

  1. (architecture) A Christian church building having a nave with a semicircular apse, side aisles, a narthex and a clerestory.
  2. A Roman Catholic church or cathedral with basilican status.
  3. (obsolete) An apartment provided in the houses of persons of importance, where assemblies were held for dispensing justice; hence, any large hall used for this purpose.

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Dutch[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ba‧si‧li‧ca

Etymology[edit]

From Latin basilica.

Noun[edit]

basilica f ‎(plural basilica's, diminutive basilicaatje n)

  1. basilica

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin basilica.

Noun[edit]

basilica f ‎(plural basiliche)

  1. basilica
  2. church

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek βασιλική ‎(basilikḗ), from "βασιλική στοά/ οἰκία" ("royal hall"), from βασιλικός ‎(basilikós, regal), from βασιλεύς ‎(basileús, king, chief). Confer with rēgia and see also palatium, aula.

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Noun[edit]

basilica f ‎(genitive basilicae); first declension

  1. basilica
  2. church (medieval)
  3. oblong hall with colonnade as a court of law/exchange

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative basilica basilicae
genitive basilicae basilicārum
dative basilicae basilicīs
accusative basilicam basilicās
ablative basilicā basilicīs
vocative basilica basilicae

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References[edit]

  • basilica in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • basilica in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • BASILICA in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • basilica in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • basilica in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • basilica in Samuel Ball Platner (1929), Thomas Ashby, editor, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London: Oxford University Press
  • basilica in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • basilica in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin