- a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
- any large, complex system or organization.
Origin of edifice
Examples from the Web for edificial
Historical Examples of edificial
Like most of the West Coast towns of the arid zone, Iquique is devoid of edificial interest.
- a building, esp a large or imposing one
- a complex or elaborate institution or organization
Word Origin for edifice
Word Origin and History for edificial
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."