What does Basilica mean?

Definitions for Basilica
bəˈsɪl ɪ kə, -ˈzɪl-basil·i·ca

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basilicanoun

    an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges

    "the church was raised to the rank of basilica"

  2. basilica, Roman basilicanoun

    a Roman building used for public administration


  1. basilicanoun

    A Christian church building having a nave with a semicircular apse, side aisles, a narthex and a clerestory.

  2. basilicanoun

    A Roman Catholic church or cathedral with basilican status.

  3. Etymology: From Latin basilica, from Greek basilike, from basilike stoa, "royal hall".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Basilicanoun

    The middle vein of the arm so called, by way of pre-eminence. It is likewise attributed to many medicines for the same reason. John Quincy

    Etymology: βασιλιϰὴ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basilicanoun

    originally, the place of a king; but afterward, an apartment provided in the houses of persons of importance, where assemblies were held for dispensing justice; and hence, any large hall used for this purpose

  2. Basilicanoun

    a building used by the Romans as a place of public meeting, with court rooms, etc., attached

  3. Basilicanoun

    a church building of the earlier centuries of Christianity, the plan of which was taken from the basilica of the Romans. The name is still applied to some churches by way of honorary distinction

  4. Basilicanoun

    a digest of the laws of Justinian, translated from the original Latin into Greek, by order of Basil I., in the ninth century


  1. Basilica

    The Latin word basilica, has three distinct applications in modern English. The word was originally used to describe a Roman public building, usually located in the forum of a Roman town. By extension it was applied to Christian buildings of the same form and continues to be used in an architectural sense to describe those buildings with a central nave and aisles. Later, the term came to refer specifically to a large and important church that has been given special ceremonial rights by the Pope. Catholic Basilicas are Catholic pilgrimage sites, receiving tens of millions of visitors per year. In December 2009 the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe set a new record with 6.1 million pilgrims during Friday and Saturday for the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Basilica

    baz-il′ik-a, n. among the Romans, a large oblong hall, with double colonnades and a semicircular apse at the end, used for judicial and commercial purposes—many of them were afterwards converted into Christian churches: a magnificent church built after the plan of the ancient basilica.—adj. Basil′ican. [L. basilica, Gr. basilikē (oikia, a house), belonging to a king, from basileus, a king.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Basilica

    the code of laws, in 60 books, compiled by Basil I., and Leo, his son and successor, first published in 887, and named after the former.

  2. Basilica

    a spacious hall, twice as long as broad, for public business and the administration of justice, originally open to the sky, but eventually covered in, and with the judge's bench at the end opposite the entrance, in a circular apse added to it. They were first erected by the Romans, 180 B.C.; afterwards, on the adoption of Christianity, they were converted into churches, the altar being in the apse.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Basilica in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Basilica in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Basilica in a Sentence

  1. Luca Zaia:

    Venice is on its knees.. the art, the basilica, the shops and the homes, a disaster.. The city is bracing itself for the next high tide.

  2. Pierpaolo Campostrini:

    So many signs of affection for Saint Mark's Basilica make me think that we'll be in the position to keep up our great responsibility of preserving one of the most precious gems of Venice and of the entire world.

  3. Luigi Brugnaro:

    Venice is on its knees, st. Marks Basilica has sustained serious damage like the entire city and its islands.

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