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mausoleum

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noun mau·so·le·um \ˌmȯ-sə-ˈlē-əm, ˌmȯ-zə-\

Simple Definition of mausoleum

  • : a stone building with places for the dead bodies of several people or the body of an important person

Full Definition of mausoleum

plural mau·so·leums or -lea \-ˈlē-ə\

  1. 1 :  a large tomb; especially :  a usually stone building with places for entombment of the dead above ground

  2. 2 :  a large gloomy building or room

Origin of mausoleum

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek mausōleion, from Mausōlos Mausolus diedab 353 b.c., ruler of Caria


First Known Use: 15th century

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