- a stately and magnificent tomb.
- a burial place for the bodies or remains of many individuals, often of a single family, usually in the form of a small building.
- a large, gloomy, depressing building, room, or the like.
- (initial capital letter) the tomb erected at Halicarnassus in Asia Minor in 350? b.c.
Origin of mausoleum
Examples from the Web for mausoleum
My parents are building a mausoleum for themselves in my childhood home.I’m a Digital Hoarder
December 17, 2014
During the restoration process, volunteers discovered plaques documenting a list of the dead contained within the mausoleum.Princess Diana's Irish Roots
February 28, 2014
Alone with the “mausoleum of sounds” that is her memory she must record her past “before it becomes tinnitus and is lost.”Must Read Novels
Lucy Scholes, John Wilwol, Randy Rosenthal, Nina MacLaughlin
August 4, 2011
The revisiting of old scenes is like walking into a mausoleum.Wilfrid Cumbermede
But you know that my memory is merely a mausoleum of proper names.Chance
And they went likewise to see the figure of our Lawgiver in the Pope's mausoleum.Dreamers of the Ghetto
One could not mistake a group from the temple at Phigaleia for a group from the Mausoleum.The Legacy of Greece
His remains were afterwards removed to the mausoleum at Frogmore.The Stamps of Canada
- a large stately tomb
Word Origin and History for mausoleum
"magnificent tomb," 1540s, from Latin mausoleum, from Greek Mausoleion, name of the massive marble tomb built 353 B.C.E. at Halicarnassus (Greek city in Asia Minor) for Mausolos, Persian satrap who made himself king of Caria. It was built by his wife (and sister), Artemisia. Counted among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, it was destroyed by an earthquake in the Middle Ages. General sense of "any stately burial-place" is from c.1600.
A tomb, or a building containing tombs. Mausoleums are often richly decorated. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum.