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- Obsolete a royal palace
- in ancient Rome, a rectangular building with a broad nave ending in an apse, and flanked by colonnaded aisles, used as a courtroom, public hall, etc.
- a Christian church built in this style
- R.C.Ch. a church granted certain ceremonial rights
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek basilikē (stoa), royal (portico) ; from basilikos: see basil
- basilican adjective
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- a. A public building of ancient Rome having a central nave with an apse at one or both ends and two side aisles formed by rows of columns, which was used as a courtroom or assembly hall.b. A Christian church building of a similar design, having a nave with a semicircular apse, two or four side aisles, a narthex, and a clerestory.
- Roman Catholic Church A church that has been accorded certain privileges by the pope.
Origin: Latin, from Greek basilikē, from feminine of basilikos, royal, from basileus, king.
- ba·silˈi·can adjective
after a plan of fourth-centuryA.D. St. Peter's, RomeA. apse B. transept C. nave D. aisles E. narthex F. atrium
basilica - Cultural Definition
A large Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox church building. A basilica is built with several parallel aisles separated by rows of columns, ending in a semicircular structure, the apse. Saint Peter's Basilica is the church of the Vatican in Rome.