Mausoleum meaning

môsə-lēəm, -zə-
A gloomy, usually large room or building.
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The tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria, at Halicarnassus: included among the Seven Wonders of the World.
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A large, imposing tomb.
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A building with vaults for the entombment of a number of bodies.
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A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
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A gloomy, usually large room or building.
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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.

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A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
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Origin of mausoleum

  • 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

  • From Middle English mausoleum, from Latin mausōlÄ“um, from Ancient Greek Μαυσωλεῖον (mausōleÄ©on) from Ancient Greek Μαύσωλος (mausōlos); named for Mausolus (Μαύσωλος or Μαύσσωλλος), satrap of the Persian empire and ruler of Caria

    From Wiktionary