mau·​so·​le·​um | \ ˌmȯ-sə-ˈlē-əm How to pronounce mausoleum (audio) , ˌmȯ-zə- How to pronounce mausoleum (audio) \
plural mausoleums or mausolea\ ˌmȯ-​sə-​ˈlē-​ə How to pronounce mausoleum (audio) , ˌmȯ-​zə-​ \

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.

Examples of mausoleum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The filing sought approval to build a 10-plot private family mausoleum at Trump National Golf Club. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 There is no impressive mausoleum or heroic statue like rockstar Johnny Ramone built himself at Hollywood Forever. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The Associated Press reported that Iran state media acknowledged the disruption to cameras -- including around Khomenei’s mausoleum – and communication systems used by the city. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 2 June 2022 Friends and family members are welcome to visit the mausoleum during daily visiting hours. oregonlive, 27 May 2022 Even the Taj Mahal — the white-marbled mausoleum built by a Mughal emperor as a monument of love for his queen, and India’s most popular tourist destination — has not been spared. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Off the final 4 train stop in the Bronx, within 400 acres of white oaks, weeping beeches, and Eastern white pines, just a two-minute walk from Celia Cruz’s mausoleum, sits a tomb in the shape of an Egyptian funeral barge. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2022 Memorial Day services were held at Brown Military Academy, Pacific Beach; Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery; Greenwood Memorial Park; La Vista Memorial Park, National City; Chula vista Bowl; mount Hope Cemetery and Holy Cross mausoleum. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 The century-old mausoleum has been expanded over the years into a seemingly endless labyrinth of hallways and staircases. oregonlive, 27 May 2022 See More

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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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“Mausoleum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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