Definition of edifice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈedɪfɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfɪs//
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a large impressive building an imposing edifice (figurative) Their new manifesto hardly threatens to bring the whole edifice of capitalism crashing down. (figurative) an edifice of lies Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin aedificium, from aedis ‘dwelling’ + facere ‘make’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: edifice