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[ed-uh-fis] /ˈɛd ə fɪs/
a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
any large, complex system or organization.
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin aedificium, equivalent to aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium -ium
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[ed-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌɛd əˈfɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
unedificial, adjective
1. See building. Unabridged
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Examples for edifices
  • He also erected hundreds of new churches, libraries and public edifices throughout the empire.
  • Once peoples have permanent housing these edifices will be used for the warehousing of products and goods of the revived nation.
  • But some of these hallowed edifices are crumbling and in desperate need of repair.
  • He used the money to build great edifices on the bones of his workers.
  • The process will move forward, dragging them reluctantly, or enabling structural edifices that can operate wisely.
  • Chewing gum isn't allowed inside the country to keep it from defacing public benches, floors and edifices.
  • To the east stand those proud edifices, the iconography of the country's heritage and prominence.
  • In charge of the master plan in both cases, he is designing new edifices for each site.
  • It will provide us with physical data into our theories of reality, solidify the blueprints we've made into actual edifices.
  • Statues can last but a few thousands of years, edifices fewer, and colours still fewer than edifices.
British Dictionary definitions for edifices


a building, esp a large or imposing one
a complex or elaborate institution or organization
Derived Forms
edificial (ˌɛdɪˈfɪʃəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify
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Word Origin and History for edifices
late 14c., from O.Fr. edifice "building," from L. ædificium "building," from ædificare "to build," from ædis, variant of ædes "temple," in the pl. meaning "dwelling, building," originally "hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious). ædis is from I.E. base *aidh- "to burn" (cf. Gk. aithein "to burn," Skt. inddhe "burst into flames," O.Ir. aed "fire").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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