A small mausoleum.
The definition of a mausoleum is a very large tomb or room for burial.
An example of a Mausoleum is a vault where an entire family is buried.
- the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria, at Halicarnassus: included among the Seven Wonders of the World
- a large, imposing tomb: humorously applied to any large, somber building or room
- a building with vaults for the entombment of a number of bodies
Origin of MausoleumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Maus?leion
nounpl. mau·so·le·ums or mau·so·le·a
- A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
- A gloomy, usually large room or building.
Origin of mausoleumMiddle English, from Latin Mausōlēum, from Greek Mausōleion, from Mausōlos, Mausolus (died c. 353 BC), Persian satrap of Caria whose tomb was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
(plural mausoleums or mausolea)