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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I try to picture the basilica and the beautiful little medieval town of Assisi, tucked into the side of Mount Subasio.
▪ Mass was celebrated in the basilicas of San Francesco and Santa Chiara.
▪ The basilica beside the columns is very ancient, one of the oldest in the city, founded in the fourth-century.
▪ The basilica, completed in A.D. 329, was 391 feet long and 208 feet wide.
▪ The plan is that of a cross-domed basilica with nave, aisles, eastern apse and western atrium.
▪ Though still standing, the basilica itself has sustained terrible damage.
▪ Twin quakes on Sept. 26 killed 10 people and severely damaged the basilica in Assisi.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Basilica \Ba*sil"i*ca\, n.; pl. Basilicas; sometimes Basilic[ae] (-s[=e]). [L. basilica, Gr. basilikh` (sc. o'iki`a or stoa` fr. basiliko`s royal, fr. basiley`s king.]

  1. Originally, the palace 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. (Arch.)

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

    2. 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.


Basilica \Ba*sil"i*ca\, n. A digest of the laws of Justinian, translated from the original Latin into Greek, by order of Basil I., in the ninth century.
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Latin basilica "building of a court of justice," and, by extension, church built on the plan of one, from Greek (stoa) basilike "royal (portal)," the portico of the archon basileus, the official who dispensed justice in Athens, from basileus "king" (see Basil). In Rome, applied specifically to the seven principal churches founded by Constantine.


n. 1 (context architecture English) 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 (context obsolete English) 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.

  1. n. 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. a Roman building used for public administration


The Latin word basilica (derived from Greek βασιλικὴ στοά, lit. "royal stoa", serving as the tribunal chamber of a king) has three distinct applications in modern English. The word was originally used to describe an ancient Roman public building where courts were held, as well as serving other official and public functions. To a large extent these were the town halls of ancient Roman life. The basilica was centrally located in every Roman town, usually adjacent to the main forum. These buildings, an example of which is the Basilica Ulpia, were rectangular, and often had a central nave and aisles, usually with a slightly raised platform and an apse at each of the two ends, adorned with a statue perhaps of the emperor, while the entrances were from the long sides.

By extension the name was applied to Christian churches which adopted the same basic plan and it continues to be used as an architectural term to describe such buildings, which form the majority of church buildings in Western Christianity, though the basilican building plan became less dominant in new buildings from the later 20th century. Later, the term came to refer specifically to a large and important Roman Catholic church that has been given special ceremonial rights by the Pope.

Roman 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.

Basilica (moth)

Basilica is a genus of moths of the Noctuidae family.

Usage examples of "basilica".

May the Oversoul forgive me for saying so, but if Nafai killed him then maybe he did a good thing, for Basilica at least.

Oversoul had begun all these problems by giving Volemak his vision of Basilica on fire.

Now she was Hushidh the Raveler, discussing the city of Basilica, not Shuya the schoolgirl, telling an ugly story about her tormentors.

And above all the caravanners from Basilica, with their strange songs and seeds, images in glass and cunning tools, impossible fabrics that changed colors with the hours of the day, and their poems and stories that taught the Sotchitsiya how wise and refined men and women spoke and thought and dreamed and lived.

Gaballufix who was in favor of Basilica forming an alliance with Potokgavan and leading the Cities of the Plain in war against us.

Perhaps you have a plan in mind, some way that you can help your city, some stratagem whereby you can ease the fears of the women of Basilica and keep them safe from the chaos that threatens them.

Knowing that Vozmuzhalnoy Vozmozhno would watch their fleet arrive and have plenty of time to bring his men down from Basilica and slaughter their army as it tried to land, Potokgavan would not dare to send an expeditionary force to the Cities of the Plain.

The walls of Basilica are high and thick, and chariots are useless in that terrain.

Basilica, where again I will not attack anybody, but will rather enter the city of Basilica to restore order in the name of the Imperator.

Moozh was taking a thousand fierce soldiers with him on a forced march through the mountains, to take the city of Basilica and destroy the party of Gaballufix, a group of men so daring and treacherous that they had dared to send an assassin against the general of the Gorayni.

The Oversoul said that Basilica would be destroyed, that the world of Harmony was going to collapse in war and terror.

Father lectured Meb on the impossibility of returning to Basilica any time soon.

In Basilica, where women had their pick of men, it would be one piss-poor specimen of womanhood who would choose a cripple like Issib for a mate.

He could wait a long cold time for the Oversoul to persuade anybody but Father to do something as idiotic as leaving Basilica for the desert.

Wetchik, who had his inflammatory vision about Basilica in flames, and then her former husband, Gaballufix, who put tolchoks and then mercenary soldiers on the streets of the city.