1. [ noun ] (botany) any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum
Related terms: herb common_basil Ocimum
2. [ noun ] (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
Synonyms: basil_the_great st._basil st._basil_the_great basil_of_caesarea
Related terms: theologian Church_Father saint Doctor Roman_Catholic
3. [ noun ] Man's first name, popularity rank in the U.S. is 668
4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13855
5. [ noun ] (food) leaves or the common basil; used fresh or dried
Synonyms: sweet_basil
Related terms: herb common_basil
Similar spelling:   Basile