Definition of aedicula in US English:

aedicula

(also edicula)

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

aedicula

/iˈdɪkjʊlə/