mau·​so·​le·​um | \ ˌmȯ-sə-ˈlē-əm How to pronounce mausoleum (audio) , ˌmȯ-zə- How to pronounce mausoleum (audio) \
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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Earlier in the day, North Korea media reported Kim visited the mausoleum where his grandfather, the country’s founder, and his father lie in state, Reuters reported. Fox News, "North Korea marks 70th anniversary with somewhat muted military parade," 9 Sep. 2018 His father’s body lies just outside in an opulent mausoleum. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Congo’s President Plans to Leave Office, but Not Politics," 10 Dec. 2018 Anna was buried next to Huguette's older sister, Andrée, and her copper baron father, William A. Clark, in the family's white mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 Meanwhile, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini's mausoleum on Tehran's southern outskirts. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iranian news agency: 8 Guard members killed in attack," 22 Sep. 2018 Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery in Hobart received plan commission approval to build an additional mausoleum with an access road leading to it on its Old Ridge Road site. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Hobart cemetery gets OK to build new mausoleum," 8 May 2018 The Valley of the Fallen complex includes a mausoleum and basilica in a neoclassic style and is a popular pilgrimage site for people who are nostalgic for the dictatorship. Fox News, "Spain sets in motion plan to dig up former dictator Franco," 24 Aug. 2018 Polling Bounce His government will also seek to remove the remains of the dictator Francisco Franco from a mausoleum outside Madrid. Esteban Duarte,, "Spain's Sanchez Abandons His Pledge to Call Early Elections," 18 June 2018 Castel Sant'Angelo This imposing mausoleum and fortress right on the banks of the Tiber next to the Vatican is not often on the must-see lists of visitors to Rome. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome's Art & Architecture: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 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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