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St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
A. apse
B. transept
C. nave
D. aisles
E. narthex
F. atrium


a. A public building of ancient Rome having a central nave with an apse at one or both ends and two side aisles formed by rows of columns, which was used as a courtroom or assembly hall.
b. A Christian church building of a similar design, having a nave with a semicircular apse, two or four side aisles, a narthex, and a clerestory.
2. Roman Catholic Church A church that has been accorded certain privileges by the pope.

[Latin, from Greek basilikē, from feminine of basilikos, royal, from basileus, king.]

ba·sil′i·can (-kən) adj.
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Adj.1.basilican - of or relating to or resembling a basilicabasilican - of or relating to or resembling a basilica
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In losing sight of his guardian, whom he had quitted, gazing after him in front of the royal basilican, Raoul spurred on his horse, in order not only to escape from his own melancholy reflections, but also to hide from Olivain the emotion his face might betray.
When we walk beyond the board we find ourselves in a dark hall illuminated only by spotlights on five prehistoric statue-menhirs, arranged in two parallel lines to form a kind of basilican space, the largest serving as a kind of high altar.
Basilican said that the third-quarter growth was "certainly an encouraging sign" of a steady growing economy of the Philippines.
We remind the reader that in the case of hall churches the side-aisles are approximately the same height as the nave, unlike the churches built to a basilican plan where they are (much) lower.