Meaning of aedicula in English:


Pronunciation /iˈdɪkjʊlə/


(also edicula)
  • Originally in Roman architecture: a niche (for a statue), especially one framed by two columns supporting a pediment or an entablature; such a structure forming a shrine.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Philipot (d. 1682), poet and writer. From classical Latin aedicula small room, small house, small shrine, chapel, tomb, sepulchre from aedēs, aedis dwelling place, house, temple, sanctuary, shrine, tomb, sepulchre + -cula.