from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building, especially one of imposing appearance or size.
- n. An elaborate conceptual structure: observations that provided the foundation for the edifice of evolutionary theory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric, especially an imposing one; a large or fine building, public or private.
- n. An abstract structure; a school of thought.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric; -- chiefly applied to elegant houses, and other large buildings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric: applied chiefly to large or fine buildings, public or private.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre, to build : aedis, a building + -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English edifice, from Old French edifice, reborrowed from Latin aedificium ("building"), derived from aedificāre ("to build, establish") (whence also edify). (Wiktionary)