mausoleum definition

  • noun:
    • A large stately tomb or a building housing these types of a tomb or a number of tombs.
    • A gloomy, usually large room or building.
    • a big stately tomb or a building housing such a tomb or several tombs.
    • A gloomy, generally big space or building.
    • an outstanding tomb, or stately sepulchral monument.
    • [capitalized] In Gr. arch├Žol., a tremendously big and magnificent edifice adorned with sculpture, built by Queen Artemisia of Caria while the tomb of the woman spouse, King Mausolus, at Halicarnassus, about 350 b. c., ranking among the seven marvels around the globe.
    • Any splendid tomb; a grand or stately sepulchral memorial or edifice, today frequently made to include numerous tombs: since, the mausoleum of a royal family members.
    • a sizable burial chamber, often above floor

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