- a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
- any large, complex system or organization.
Origin of edifice
Examples from the Web for edifice
A stage was erected next to the edifice and hundreds would gather to watch floggings, crying out “Allahu Akbar!”Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala
November 9, 2013
A gush of smoke came from a chimney in the rear of the edifice.Tanglewood Tales
When we wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice.The Devil's Dictionary
No, the truth is absolute, not a stone of the edifice shall be changed.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It would be the old question of revolt against the edifice men have built.The Prisoner
I have laid the foundations deep, that the edifice might endure.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- a building, esp a large or imposing one
- a complex or elaborate institution or organization
Word Origin and History for edifice
late 14c., from Old French edifice "building," from Latin aedificium "building," from aedificare "to erect a building," from aedis, variant of aedes "temple, sanctuary," usually a single edifice without partitions, also, in the plural, "dwelling house, building," originally "a place with a hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
Ædis is from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (cf. Greek aithein "to burn," Sanskrit inddhe "burst into flames," Old Irish aed "fire," Welsh aidd "heat, zeal," Old High German eit "funeral pile"), from root *ai- "to burn."