Mausoleum Definition

môsə-lēəm, -zə-
mausolea, mausoleums
The tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria, at Halicarnassus: included among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Webster's New World
A large, imposing tomb.
Webster's New World
A building with vaults for the entombment of a number of bodies.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Mausoleum


mausolea, mausoleums

Origin of Mausoleum

  • From Middle English mausoleum, from Latin mausōlēum, from Ancient Greek Μαυσωλεῖον (mausōleĩon) from Ancient Greek Μαύσωλος (mausōlos); named for Mausolus (Μαύσωλος or Μαύσσωλλος), satrap of the Persian empire and ruler of Caria

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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