What does the word edifice mean?

Usage examples for edifice

  1. About an hour before dark, and a league before reaching the village of Opocheque, I saw on the left, near the road, a high mound, with an edifice on its top, which at that distance, as seen through the trees, seemed almost entire. – Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I. by John L. Stephens
  2. Ah, we are now within a stone's throw of the church- a noble edifice, complete with one bell. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  3. There is, in fact, no proper approach to this interesting edifice. – A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One by Thomas Frognall Dibdin