[ maw-suh-lee-uhm, -zuh- ]
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noun,plural mau·so·le·ums, mau·so·le·a [maw-suh-lee-uh, -zuh-]. /ˌmɔ səˈli ə, -zə-/.
  1. a stately and magnificent tomb.

  2. a burial place for the bodies or remains of many individuals, often of a single family, usually in the form of a small building.

  1. a large, gloomy, depressing building, room, or the like.

  2. (initial capital letter) the tomb erected at Halicarnassus in Asia Minor in 350? b.c.

Origin of mausoleum

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin <Greek Mausoleîon the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria

Other words from mausoleum

  • mau·so·le·an, adjective

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How to use mausoleum in a sentence

  • Alone with the “mausoleum of sounds” that is her memory she must record her past “before it becomes tinnitus and is lost.”

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  • She has written about the Park Avenue she grew up on in the '70s: “Too mineral, too grey, too mausoleum-like.”

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  • But within a year of her marriage the Princess died in child-birth, and was buried in a mausoleum within the park.

  • A simple mausoleum, about thirty feet square, and a few small private monuments, were all that was to be seen.

  • This probably explains its vicinity to the stately mausoleum of Ccilia Metella.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • The mausoleum of the Emperor Humaione, very much in the same style as the mosque, was commenced by this monarch himself.

  • At the end of the garden, opposite the mausoleum, stands a small palace, principally belonging to the King of Lucknau.

British Dictionary definitions for mausoleum


/ (ˌmɔːsəˈlɪəm) /

nounplural -leums or -lea (-ˈlɪə)
  1. a large stately tomb

Origin of mausoleum

C16: via Latin from Greek mausōleion, the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria; built at Halicarnassus in the 4th century bc

Derived forms of mausoleum

  • mausolean, adjective

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Cultural definitions for 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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