mau·so·le·um | \ˌmȯ-sə-ˈlē-əm, ˌmȯ-zə- \
plural mausoleums or mausolea\-ˈlē-ə \

Definition of mausoleum 

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

2 : a large gloomy building or room she invited him out of the mausoleum of a parlour into the kitchen— D. H. Lawrence

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Mausolus was ruler of a kingdom in Asia Minor in the 4th century B.C. He beautified the capital, Halicarnassus, with all sorts of fine public buildings, but he is best known for the magnificent monument, the Mausoleum, that was built by his wife Artemisia after his death. With its great height (perhaps 140 feet) and many beautiful sculptures, the Mausoleum was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Though Halicarnassus was repeatedly attacked, the Mausoleum would survive for well over 1,000 years.

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His mother, Cleopatra Bernard of Parkland, posted on Instagram a photograph of his mausoleum. Linda Trischitta,, "Arrest warrant issued for 'person of interest' in XXXTentacion killing," 3 July 2018 The mausoleum was built in part by political prisoners in the decades after the 1939 civil war victory of the general's Nationalist faction. James Badcock,, "Inside the Valley of the Fallen, a search for two brothers killed in the Spanish Civil War," 10 May 2018 He was buried in Green Bay's Woodlawn Cemetery; in 1985, thieves broke into his mausoleum and stole his skull, which was later recovered by police and re-interred. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin victims and survivors of the sinking of the Titanic ranged from doctors to kids," 12 Apr. 2018 The mausoleum is a private business in partnership with the city. Anne Geggis,, "Boca Raton makes room for more final resting places," 5 Apr. 2018 Michael Jackson was entombed in 2009 in the mausoleum at the opulent cemetery that is also the final resting place of Elizabeth Taylor and Walt Disney. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Joe Jackson buried in same LA-area cemetery as son Michael," 2 July 2018 From a distance, the Samanid mausoleum does seem underwhelming. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Final Resting Place, Both Beguiling and Beautiful," 4 May 2018 While still a child, Qin Shihuang, who founded the Qin dynasty and unified China in 221BC, ordered a mausoleum built for himself that would measure 6.3km across at its widest point and include over 8,000 terracotta figures. The Economist, "A new species of gibbon is found in a 2,200-year-old tomb," 23 June 2018 West of Frogmore House is a separate mausoleum on a wooded mound, which houses the remains of Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Reception Venue Is Also a Graveyard," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of mausoleum

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mausoleum

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mausoleum

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

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