A small mausoleum.
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 Maus&omacron;l&emacron;um, from Greek Maus&omacron;leion, from Maus&omacron;los, 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)