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mausoleum

[ maw-suh-lee-uhm, -zuh- ]
/ 藢m蓴 s蓹藞li 蓹m, -z蓹- /
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Definition of mausoleum

noun, plural mau路so路le路ums, mau路so路le路a [maw-suh-lee-uh, -zuh-]. /藢m蓴 s蓹藞li 蓹, -z蓹-/.
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.
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Origin of mausoleum

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Latin <Greek Mausole卯on the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria

OTHER WORDS FROM mausoleum

mau路so路le路an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mausoleum

mausoleum
/ (藢m蓴藧s蓹藞l瑟蓹m) /

noun plural -leums or -lea (-藞l瑟蓹)
a large stately tomb

Derived forms of mausoleum

mausolean, adjective

Word Origin for mausoleum

C16: via Latin from Greek maus艒leion, the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria; built at Halicarnassus in the 4th century bc
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Cultural definitions for mausoleum

mausoleum
[ (maw-suh-lee-uhm, maw-zuh-lee-uhm) ]

A tomb, or a building containing tombs. Mausoleums are often richly decorated. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum.

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