mausoleum

noun
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 mausolea (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.

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The cemetery groundskeeper reportedly discovered two mausoleum tombs were significantly damaged and one casket was removed from its tomb and opened. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Vandals desecrate Beaumont cemetery, damage casket and tombs," 15 July 2019 The Islamists destroyed some of its famous earthen mosques and mausoleums. Anna Pujol-mazzini, Time, "Violence in Mali Put an End to a Thriving Tourist Industry. Now the Government Wants to Tap Into China's Tourism Market," 18 June 2019 Throughout history, people have devised elaborate ways to memorialize the dead: the pyramids of Egypt, Europe’s Gothic mausoleums, the Taj Mahal in India. Glenn Mcdonald, National Geographic, "From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech," 17 June 2019 Visitors to the main mausoleum are also required to buy a separate Rs200 ticket. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Wind up your Taj Mahal tour in three hours—or pay more," 12 June 2019 The event turns out to be a bustling celebration of the restoration of one of the cemetery’s most beautiful funerary complexes: the mosque and mausoleum built in 1474 by Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay, of the Mamluk dynasty. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, chairman of the powerful Guardian Council, said recently at a gathering at Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "As Iran Marks Its Anniversary, Economic Woes Cloud a Pitch for Unity," 10 Feb. 2019 Mourners began to gather early Tuesday and placed elaborate flower arrangements and poster-sized pictures of Jackson, some featuring signed messages from dozens of fans, outside his mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Andrew Dalton, chicagotribune.com, "Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on the 10th anniversary of his death," 25 June 2019 Each year, thousands view Ho's body, which is displayed inside a glass coffin in a mausoleum in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. Fox News, "Vietnam seeks Russian scientists to help preserve Ho Chi Minh's body," 20 June 2019

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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

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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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