noun, plural mau·so·le·ums, mau·so·le·a [maw-suh-lee-uh, -zuh-] /ˌmɔ səˈli ə, -zə-/.
Origin of mausoleum
Examples from the Web for mausoleum
My parents are building a mausoleum for themselves in my childhood home.
During the restoration process, volunteers discovered plaques documenting a list of the dead contained within the mausoleum.
Alone with the “mausoleum of sounds” that is her memory she must record her past “before it becomes tinnitus and is lost.”
He further believed that no man could tell how much the mausoleum would cost.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
The bridegroom of the sea is dead, his palace and his city are his mausoleum!What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
Below the frescoes is the mausoleum of the knight Federigo Cavalli.The Story of Verona|Alethea Wiel
The very entrance is obviously proprietary, and shows us that this is really the Beauchamp mausoleum.Summer Days in Shakespeare Land|Charles G. Harper
Comrades, this witch is young and beautiful; let us drag her into the crypt of this mausoleum; she shall be ours!
British Dictionary definitions for mausoleum
noun plural -leums or -lea (-ˈlɪə)
Word Origin for mausoleum
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.
Culture definitions for mausoleum
A tomb, or a building containing tombs. Mausoleums are often richly decorated. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum.