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
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of mausoleum
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek mausōleion, from Mausōlos Mausolus †about 353 b.c., ruler of Caria
First Known Use: 15th century
MAUSOLEUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mausoleum for English Language Learners
: a stone building with places for the dead bodies of several people or the body of an important person
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