Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A building, especially one of imposing appearance or size.
  • noun An elaborate conceptual structure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A building; a structure; an architectural fabric: applied chiefly to large or fine buildings, public or private.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A building; a structure; an architectural fabric; -- chiefly applied to elegant houses, and other large buildings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A building; a structure; an architectural fabric, especially an imposing one; a large or fine building, public or private.
  • noun An abstract structure; a school of thought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre, to build : aedis, a building + -ficāre, -fy.]

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Middle English edifice, from Old French edifice, reborrowed from Latin aedificium ("building"), derived from aedificāre ("to build, establish") (whence also edify).

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  • I was reminded of this word through my Spanish studies: "edificio" is much more commonly used than its English counterpart, as we English-speakers are more prone to using "building."

    December 16, 2007