[ ed-uh-fis ]
/ ˈɛd ə fɪs /


a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
any large, complex system or organization.

Origin of edifice

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin aedificium, equivalent to aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium -ium

Related forms

ed·i·fi·cial [ed-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌɛd əˈfɪʃ əl/, adjectiveun·ed·i·fi·cial, adjective

Synonym study

1. See building.
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British Dictionary definitions for edifice


/ (ˈɛdɪfɪs) /


a building, esp a large or imposing one
a complex or elaborate institution or organization

Derived Forms

edificial (ˌɛdɪˈfɪʃəl), adjective

Word Origin for edifice

C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify
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