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
Recent Examples of mausoleum from the Web
Veil, widely admired in France, will become just the fifth woman laid to rest in the grand mausoleum.
In mausoleums, and in makeshift structures built over tombs, families go about their days.
He was originally buried on his plantation south of Selma, but 29 years after his death his body was moved to a mausoleum in Selma's Old Live Oak Cemetery.
Green, a poet and novelist, has jaw-dropping true stories of his own: hitchhiking north at age 15; squatting in a mausoleum with a deranged derelict; finding his way home again.
His apartment on Fifth Avenue is all marble and coy little cherubs, like a nice mausoleum, while The Trump International Hotel Las Vegas has a tampon dispenser made of brass.
Black spray paint was used to vandalize the rear of a mausoleum at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2501 E. Euclid Ave.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judy Garland has been laid to rest in a mausoleum named for her at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
But on Friday, two days after the attacks at the city’s landmark Parliament building and the golden, domed mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, heavily armed police officers and soldiers were everywhere.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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