aedicule

[ ee-di-kyool, ed-i- ]
/ ˈi dɪˌkyul, ˈɛd ɪ- /

noun

a small building.
a small construction, as a shrine, designed in the form of a building.

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Also ae·dic·u·la [ee-dik-yuh-luh], /iˈdɪk yə lə/, ed·i·cule [ed-i-kyool] /ˈɛd ɪˌkyul/ .

Origin of aedicule

First recorded in 1825–35; from Latin aedicula, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedēs ) “temple, shrine” (akin to Greek aíthein “to blaze,” aithḗr “bright upper sky, ether”) + -cula diminutive suffix; see ether, -cule1

Words nearby aedicule

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British Dictionary definitions for aedicule

aedicule
/ (ˈɛdɪˌkjuːl) /

noun

an opening such as a door or a window, framed by columns on either side, and a pediment above

Word Origin for aedicule

C19: from Latin aediculum small house, from aedēs building
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