Etymology: From Latin basilica, from Greek basilike, from basilike stoa, "royal hall".
- (architecture) A Christian church building having a nave with a semicircular apse, side aisles, a narthex and a clerestory.
- A Roman Catholic church or cathedral with basilican status.
Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for basilica for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.
Full Definition of basilica