Definition of mausoleum in English:
noun (plural mausolea /-ˈlēə/ or mausoleums)
- 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.
This word came via Latin from Greek Mausōleion, from Mausōlos, the name of a king of Caria in the 4th century bc. It was originally applied to his tomb in Halicarnassus.
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