basilicanoun [ C ]uk /bəˈsɪl.ɪ.kə/ /bəˈzɪl.ɪ.kə/ us /bəˈsɪl.ɪ.kə/ /bəˈzɪl.ɪ.kə/
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
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.