Meaning of “basilica” in the English Dictionary


"basilica" in English

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basilicanoun [ C ]

uk /bəˈsɪl.ɪ.kə/ /bəˈzɪl.ɪ.kə/ us /bəˈsɪl.ɪ.kə/ /bəˈzɪl.ɪ.kə/

Examples from literature

  • A basilica was built in a prominent place in the northwest corner of the forum. 
  • Cardinals were compelled to preach in their basilicas. 
  • The basilica was designed in the shape of a Greek cross, surmounted by a colossal dome, and approached by a vestibule fronted with six columns. 
  • The entrance of the Pope into this his grandest basilica was, as usual, a beautiful and brilliant sight. 
  • We no longer see, as in the eighteenth century, Gothic spires on Roman basilicas, or Grecian porticos ornamenting Norman towers. 

(Definition of “basilica” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)