mausoleum

[ maw-suh-lee-uh m, -zuh- ]
/ ˌmɔ səˈli əm, -zə- /

noun, plural mau·so·le·ums, mau·so·le·a [maw-suh-lee-uh, -zuh-] /ˌmɔ səˈli ə, -zə-/.

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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for mausoleum

mausoleum
/ (ˌmɔːsəˈlɪəm) /

noun plural -leums or -lea (-ˈlɪə)

a large stately tomb

Derived forms of mausoleum

mausolean, adjective

Word Origin for mausoleum

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