[man-shuh n]


a very large, impressive, or stately residence.
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

1325–75; Middle English < Latin mānsiōn- (stem of mānsiō) an abiding, abode. See manse, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mansion

Contemporary Examples of mansion

Historical Examples of mansion

  • Down stairs they discussed in curious tones—not her, but the mistress of the mansion.

  • It was like a meeting in a side corridor of a mansion full of life.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • I am told he even built a mansion for her while the spouse was in London on business.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • And then there was our dispute at Albany--in the Patroon's mansion, you will recall.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • As they did not belong to the mansion, they were expelled by the two little boys.

British Dictionary definitions for mansion



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 for mansion

C14: via Old French from Latin mansio a remaining, from mansus; see manse
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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.).

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