noun \ˌm-sə-ˈlē-əm, ˌm-zə-\

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

plural mau·so·leums or -lea \-ˈlē-ə\

Full Definition of MAUSOLEUM

:  a large tomb; especially :  a usually stone building with places for entombment of the dead above ground
:  a large gloomy building or room


Middle English, from Latin, from Greek mausōleion, from Mausōlos Mausolus diedab 353 b.c., ruler of Caria
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large, impressive tomb, especially a stone building with places for entombment of the dead aboveground. The word is derived from Mausolus, whose widow raised a splendid tomb at Halicarnassus (c. 353–350 BC). Probably the most ambitious mausoleum is the Taj Mahal.


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