noun (plural mausolea /-ˈlɪə/ or mausoleums)
- A stately or impressive building housing a tomb or group of tombs: the cathedral was built in 1517 as a royal mausoleum • figurative a cultural mausoleum such as the TateMore example sentences
- 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.
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.