- a very large, impressive, or stately residence.
- manor house.
- Often mansions. British. a large building with many apartments; apartment house.
- Oriental and Medieval Astronomy. each of 28 divisions of the ecliptic occupied by the moon on successive days.
- Archaic. an abode or dwelling place.
Origin of mansion
Related Wordsbuilding, dwelling, estate, palace, residence, manor, home, hall, abode, villa, seat, habitation, castle, chateau
Examples from the Web for mansion
We ended up in one room in her mansion and never furnished it.Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback
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The ex-chef, accused by Maureen McDonnell of “embezzling” food from the mansion, went to the FBI, triggering its investigation.Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall, Maureen McDonnell Edition
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Bogie and Bacall purchased a $160,000 mansion in Holmby Hills, a posh enclave in Los Angeles, and played house.Bogie & Bacall: A Hollywood Romance for the Ages
August 13, 2014
A decade ago, he found debris covered in high grass around a half-ruined 19th-century mansion.In War-Torn Ukraine, Savva Libkin's Delicious Recipes for Survival
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On the night of Jan. 8, 2010, Bender allegedly brought one of their guns to their bedroom on the fourth floor of the mansion.Gems, Guns and Death in a Jungle Mansion
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Down stairs they discussed in curious tones—not her, but the mistress of the mansion.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It was like a meeting in a side corridor of a mansion full of life.The Secret Agent
I am told he even built a mansion for her while the spouse was in London on business.
And then there was our dispute at Albany--in the Patroon's mansion, you will recall.
As they did not belong to the mansion, they were expelled by the two little boys.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- Also called: mansion house a large and imposing house
- a less common word for manor house
- archaic any residence
- British (plural) a block of flats
- astrology any of 28 divisions of the zodiac each occupied on successive days by the moon
Word Origin and History for mansion
mid-14c., "chief residence of a lord," from Old French mansion "stay, permanent abode, house, habitation, home; mansion; state, situation" (13c.), from Latin mansionem (nominative mansio) "a staying, a remaining, night quarters, station," noun of action from past participle stem of manere "to stay, abide," from PIE *men- "to remain, wait for" (cf. Greek menein "to remain," Persian mandan "to remain"). Sense of "any large and stately house" is from 1510s. The word also was used in Middle English as "a stop or stage of a journey," hence probably astrological sense "temporary home" (late 14c.).