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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Photo: Jorge Sanz/Zuma Press Franco envisioned the site of his mausoleum, known as the Valley of the Fallen, as a war memorial. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain to Exhume Former Dictator Franco," 24 Aug. 2018 Only a third of the 33,847 dead who rest with Franco in his mausoleum are named on their tombs. James Badcock,, "Inside the Valley of the Fallen, a search for two brothers killed in the Spanish Civil War," 10 May 2018 After 1979, however, Islamists viewed the mausoleum as an affront. Jon Gambrell,, "Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah," 24 Apr. 2018 Gala is even buried in the basement’s mausoleum, dressed in red Dior. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 After 1979, however, Islamists viewed the mausoleum as an affront. Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018 Slain rapper and singer XXXTentacion has been laid to rest in a large mausoleum. Brett Clarkson,, "XXXTentacion's mausoleum gravesite revealed in Instagram photo by his mother," 1 July 2018 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

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

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