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
- [m-] a large, imposing tomb: humorously applied to any large, somber building or room
- [m-] 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)