basilica

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English[edit]

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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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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, a honorific status granted by the pope to recognize its historical, architectural, or sacramental importance.
  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 and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • basilica in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “basilica”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette, s.v.basilica”.
  • 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