Definition of mausoleum in English:


Syllabification: mau·so·le·um
Pronunciation: /ˌmôsəˈlēəm
, ˌmôzəˈlēəm

noun (plural mausolea /-ˈlēə/ or mausoleums)

A building, especially a large and stately one, housing a tomb or tombs.
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  • Between this and the canal we discovered warehouses, mausolea and other buildings that fronted on to the road.
  • So now when I go to one of our fabulous temples or palaces or mosques or mausoleums, I will see them for what they are.
  • The most painful result of this shortage can be seen in mausoleums (small buildings for burial above ground) of cemeteries of Cairo, Egypt's capital city.
tomb, sepulcher, crypt, vault, charnel house, burial chamber, catacomb


late 15th century: via Latin from Greek Mausōleion, from Mausōlos, the name of a king of Caria (4th century bc), to whose tomb in Halicarnassus the name was originally applied.

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