man·sion | \ˈman(t)-shən \

Definition of mansion 

1a obsolete : the act of remaining or dwelling : stay

b archaic : dwelling, abode

2a(1) : manor house

(2) : a large imposing residence

b : a separate apartment or lodging in a large structure

3a : house sense 3b

b : one of the 28 parts into which the moon's monthly course through the heavens is divided

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Examples of mansion in a Sentence

a mansion with 10 bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool if I ever win the lottery, I'm going to buy a mansion in the hills

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The woman called 911 from the driveway outside LeSean McCoy's mansion in New Jersey, just after 3 a.m. one night in July 2015. Will Hobson,, "LeSean McCoy's 2015 'females only' party generated police complaint from co-host," 13 July 2018 Among his achievements were a master plan for the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, plans for Liberty Place in Center City, and renovation plans for mansions in Society Hill and on Rittenhouse Square. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Thomas A. Todd, 90, Philly architect and painter," 12 July 2018 For most people, $500,000 for a home sounds like a luxury, but there are some incredible mansions for sale in Texas that have much higher price tags. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Take a look at the most expensive homes for sale in Texas," 11 July 2018 The developer also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southland Hills Improvement Association agreeing not to modify the exterior of the historic mansion or parts of the surrounding grounds without approval from the association. Libby Solomon,, "Community input meeting for Bosley Estates development planned for July 11," 6 July 2018 The building at 18 Mulberry St. in Mount Auburn was once the mansion of Cincinnati beer baron Christian Moerlein. Sheila Vilvens,, "Live like a beer baron in this old house," 5 July 2018 That conversation took place in the kitchen of their nearly 20,000-square-foot Nashville mansion. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari listed their 25-room Nashville mansion for $7.9 million," 5 July 2018 Along with 5,000 acres, his mansion, his cattle and honeybees, Jefferson owned over 600 individuals during his lifetime. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves. Now, a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation.," 29 June 2018 French designer Nicolas Adnet has proven a keen eye for detail, creating a hotel inspired by the French mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries without missing any of today’s luxuries like Hermès amenities and Tesla charging stations. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Frankfurt: A Business Traveler’s Guide," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of mansion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mansion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin mansion-, mansio, from manēre to remain, dwell; akin to Greek menein to remain

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English Language Learners Definition of mansion

: a large and impressive house : the large house of a wealthy person


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Kids Definition of mansion

: a large fine house

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