Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
  • n. A gloomy, usually large room or building.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
  • n. A gloomy, usually large room or building.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A magnificent tomb, or stately sepulchral monument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] In Gr. archæol., a very large and magnificent edifice adorned with sculpture, built by Queen Artemisia of Caria as the tomb of her husband, King Mausolus, at Halicarnassus, about 350 b. c., ranking as one of the seven wonders of the world.
  • n. Any splendid tomb; a grand or stately sepulchral monument or edifice, now usually designed to contain a number of tombs: as, the mausoleum of a royal family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large burial chamber, usually above ground

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin Mausōlēum, from Greek Mausōleion, from Mausōlos, Mausolus (died c. 353 B.C.), Persian satrap of Caria whose tomb was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mausoleum, from Latin mausōlēum, from Ancient Greek Μαυσωλεῖον (mausōleĩon) from Ancient Greek Μαύσωλος (mausōlos); named for Mausolus (Μαύσωλος or Μαύσσωλλος), satrap of the Persian empire and ruler of Caria (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And having a gaudy mausoleum is not an impeachable offense.

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  • The mausoleum is plain brick on the outside: nothing prepares you for the mosaics on every surface inside, illuminated by windows of translucent marble.

    The Road from Ravenna

  • The others were Diana's Temple at Ephesus, the Tomb of Mau-so´lus (which was so fine that any handsome tomb is sometimes called a mausoleum), the

    The Story of the Greeks

  • Ancient historians acquaint us with only seven wonders in the world: the Temple of Diana, at Ephesus; the magnificent sepulchre of the king Mausolus, from whence is derived the word mausoleum; the bronze Colossus of the Sun, in Rhodes; the statue of

    Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)

  • The mausoleum was a magnificent structure, perfectly round in shape with a row of fluted pillars supporting the overhanging roof.

    "The Moon Woman" by Minna Irving, part 1

  • Oh, did I mention the mausoleum is a virtual granite resume, since Mr. Burris has etched in great detail his every job title, accomplishment, award, and entire life as a permanent monument to ... himself?

    Blago Has Been Impeached

  • Rather than being seen as a temple to art, the building was described as a mausoleum with cabbage on top.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Great Regulars: Unlike the unidentified man who claimed that being interred in a mausoleum was the "Stateliest Possible Manner of Interment," the speaker who has a traveler's heart finds the old-fashioned earth burial more suitable to his wandering ways.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Archeologists think the mausoleum, which is called Tomb 5, is a family crypt laid out by Ramses II, who certainly required a big one.

    The Tomb Of Brothers

  • This is the car that was carrying her coffin, very simple wooden box, from her village of Garhi Khuda Baksh to the mausoleum, which is quite an impressive structure.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2007

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  • It is a beautiful somber-sounding word. Found it playing Clock Tower 3 on the good ol PS2!

    October 18, 2011

  • chelster: what if it's the tomb of a mouse?

    April 10, 2010

  • I see we are expected to tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin.

    April 10, 2010

  • There is no mouse in mausoleum. Don't say MOUSE-uh-lee-um.

    April 10, 2010

  • Vinyl scoured of footmarks,
    office a mausoleum,
    typewriters muffled in hoods...

    - Peter Reading, Absentees, from The Prison Cell and Barrel Mystery, 1976

    June 23, 2008

  • from King Mausolos of Caria, who built himself a fancy tomb in Halicarnassus that (I think) made the list of Seven Top Wonders.

    December 16, 2007